, “Zen teaches that enlightenment is achieved through the profound realization that
one is already an enlightened being.” To my understanding, everyone is capable of
enlightened by ancient wisdom, but you can only reach your enlightenment by figure out who
you really are and what you truly want, and let go of all the rage from the outside world
According to the essay Zen has an interesting historic development, “Zen was original
from India and formalize in China. Then Zen was transmitted from China to Japan. And Zen
took root in Japan in thirteenth century. It is not only the religion practice Buddhism was
transmitted to japan, as well as Chinese literature, calligraphy, philosophy, and ink 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 (page. 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 help people reach the inner peace when you are
disturbed by the noises beyond your heart.
Roy Starrs, who teaches Japanese studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, his
essay “Zen and the art of statecraft: foreign observers have long been baffled by Japan's self-
discipline in the face of multiple disasters, from earthquakes and tsunamis to the financial
crash. But such fatalism can hinder democracy.” This essay said that the sense of life as
transient and fragile was elaborated into a more formal philosophy by Dogen (1200-53), the
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