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a form of seated meditation in zen buddhism.

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  • after the great persecution of buddhism in 845, zen emerged as the dominant chinese sect, due partly to its innate vitality and partly to its isolation in mountain monasteries away from centers of political power. two main schools of zen, the lin-chi (jap. rinzai) and the ts'ao-tung (jap. soto), flourished and were transmitted to japan in the 14th cent. the rinzai sect placed greater emphasis on the use of the koan and effort to attain sudden enlightenment, while the soto patriarch dōgen (1200–1253) emphasized sitting in meditation (zazen) without expectation and with faith in one's own intrinsic state of enlightenment or buddha-nature. factmonster.com

  • after the great persecution of buddhism in 845, zen emerged as the dominant chinese sect, due partly to its innate vitality and partly to its isolation in mountain monasteries away from centers of political power. two main schools of zen, the lin-chi (jap. rinzai) and the ts'ao-tung (jap. soto), flourished and were transmitted to japan in the 14th cent. the rinzai sect placed greater emphasis on the use of the koan and effort to attain sudden enlightenment, while the soto patriarch dōgen (1200–1253) emphasized sitting in meditation (zazen) without expectation and with faith in one's own intrinsic state of enlightenment or buddha-nature. infoplease.com