painting. Many Japanese disciples have traveled to China for further study.” After Zen was
transmitted to japan, American scholar Snyder came to japan, study Japanese culture and he
introduced Zen to American. In 1960s, Zen is very popular among the beat generation.
Quoted from a Brief Explanation by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi Abbot of The Zen Studies
Society, “Zen is the special transmission of Zen is the realization of the Buddha's
enlightenment itself, in one's own life, in one's own time (Eido.5).” Zen is the spirituals
center, where you believed that you are the master of your life, not social status, not money,
not grades, just who you really are. Zen helps people reach the inner peace when you are
disturbed by the noises outside your heart.
In Tang Dynasty, around 14
central, China was a prosperous country, both economy and
literature has reached the high peak. At that time, there are several poets who believe in
Buddhism when they are getting old, and their poem reflects their beliefs in Zen Buddhism.
They are tired of chase after higher social status or wealth. They were turning to Buddhism
for inner peace (Eido.8). A Zen master has said “do not seek the truth just drop your opinion.”
Many Zen poetry has translated into English, one of them are “earth, mountains, rivers-
hidden in their nothingness. In this nothingness-earth, mountain, rivers revealed. Spring
flowers, winter snows: there’s no being or non-being, nor denial itself.”(Eido.12)