Describe Buddha's and Zen's differences with regard to: techniques of meditation, nature of enlightenment and conception of the

Describe Buddha
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Name Instructor Course Date Buddha's and Zen's differences Introduction Zen Buddhism claims that its enlightenment has been passed down from Buddha himself over the last 2500 years. However, this claim is more of a distinction of form rather than an essence.


The Mahayana was an effort to expand the restrictive structure of Buddhism, thus it appeared outward and accessible. It is not proper to generalize the differences between Buddhist traditions and the Zen, since they share similar concerns such as a common path and the understanding of the scenery of reality. However, differences can be seen with regard to techniques of medication, nature of enlightenment, and conception of the meaning of life. Differences in techniques of meditation Several methods of meditation exist, which were used in the original teachings of Buddhism. For instance, those methods used in Tibetan Buddhism are called “visualization methods,” meaning that when a practitioner carries out this meditation, he requires something to rely on, often an image (Tan 38). On the other hand, Zen Buddhism has different methods; they do not require any image or item to rely on, particularly in Shikantaza. Another difference is that, in Original Buddhism, meditation involves different techniques that develop concentration, insight, mindfulness, and tranquility. Zen Buddhism in contrast seems to view the breath, body, and mind as one reality. Primarily, they study the self, where to be liberal is to identify the unity of the self. ...
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