What is Zen?

There are several ways of answering this question.  From the point of view of training and practice, we can say that Zen is a spiritual discipline to realize one’s true self.  Zen accomplishes this through silencing the body and the mind using a basic tool: zazen – sitting contemplation centered on the breath.  The more one perseveres in Zen, the more one discovers that contemplation can be practiced in all circumstances – whether it is washing dishes, changing a diaper or coping with rush hour traffic.

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