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.

Buddhism, Concepts, Zen Buddhism

What is Hishiryo?

Hishiryo is a state of mind beyond thinking and non-thinking. During the practice of Zazen, it is the normal condition of the consciousness. Consciousness during  meditation is not the same as it is in daily life, it

Buddhism, Concepts, Zen Buddhism

What is Zanshin?

Zanshin is a concept found in Zen, Budo (Japanese martial arts), particularly Kendo, and in many Japanese arts, such as Ikebana (flower arrangement), chado (the tea ceremony) and sumi-e (ink painting). Simply put, Zanshin is

Buddhism, Zen Buddhism

Zen & the Japanese Arts

Soon after its arrival in Japan, Zen Buddhism began to have a strong influence on the development of Japanese culture, and it eventually became part of Japan’s spiritual and aesthetic foundation. Through the practice of

Awakening, Buddhism, Concepts, Zen Buddhism

What is Satori?

Satori or Awakening, is a profound realization of our true nature and the nature of reality. I have always been intrigued by the concept of spiritual awakening, particularly the idea of Satori in Zen Buddhism. Satori refers