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Zen originates in China, though it is not possibly to actually put a date on its emergence. First documents date back to the 8thcentury, recording its existence as a separate schoolof Buddhistmeditation with its own lineage of patriarchs and masters.


In China, Zen came under the influence of Taoism and Confucianism, with a number of different schools emerging over time. These include the Soto and Rinzai schools, which remain the two biggest schools known today. In the 11th/ 12thcenturies, Zen arrived in Japan, coming under the influence of Japanese culture. Experiencing “Satori” is at the core of Zen and is derived from the experience of Shakyamuni Buddha himself.


This means that Zen has its roots in the experience of Shakyamuni Buddha, seeing it as its core. Aspiring to and gaining this experience, and realising it in our day-to-day lives has always been and remains the goal of Zen.


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