Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism that emphasizes the practice of meditation and mindfulness as a means to achieve enlightenment. It originated in China and spread to Japan, where it had a profound impact on Japanese culture and philosophy.

Awakening, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism

What is Unborn Zen?

Having studied Zen Buddhism for over thirty years, I’ve recently uncovered the distinct teachings of Bankei Yōtaku. This unexpected discovery, emerging from the rich tapestry of Zen traditions I’ve studied, introduced me to a philosophy

Meditation, Zen Buddhism

What is “Nanso Meditation”?

As someone coming from a Soto Zen background, my recent discovery of this traditional Rinzai meditation practice called “Nanso Meditation” has been an interesting discovery!  Rinzai Zen, known for its emphasis on koan practice and

Basics, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism

What is Emptiness in Buddhism?

In Buddhism, emptiness is the ultimate nature of reality, empty of inherent, independent existence.  As someone who has been practicing and teaching Buddhism for some time now, I have often found the concept of emptiness