Wednesday, May 05, 2010

ZEN Photography III

Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism, translated from the Chinese word 禅 Chán to Japanese. This word is in turn derived from the Sanskrit dhyāna, which means "meditation"

Zen emphasizes experiential prajñā, particularly as realized in the form of meditation, in the attainment of enlightenment. As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct, experiential realization through meditation and dharma practice.

The establishment of Zen is traditionally credited to be in China, the Shaolin Temple, by the South IndianPallava prince-turned-monk Bodhidharma, who came to China to teach a "special transmission outside scriptures" which "did not stand upon words". 

The emergence of Zen as a distinct school of Buddhism was first documented in China in the 7th century AD. It is thought to have developed as an amalgam of various currents in Mahāyāna Buddhist thought—among them the Yogācāra and Mādhyamaka philosophies and the Prajñāpāramitā literature—and of local traditions in China, particularly Taoism and Huáyán Buddhism

From China Zen subsequently spread south to Vietnam, and east to Korea and Japan.

Hi my friends,

thanks for all the wonderful comments from yesterday. Today we'll learn a little bit about "What is ZEN". The text is from Wikipedia - not from me :))

See you again visiting tomorrow too? Where? Here....see you (t)here!


A Lady's Life said...

I think everyone can do with a little Zen.Meditate and let things come to you in the peace and quiet of your mind.

Yvi said...

Hi Susanne,

wunderschönes Bild...wie immer eigentlich...toll sind die Spiegelungen im Wasser...

Und ein sehr interessanter Text...


S-V-H said...

Thank you Lady for your opinion to Zen.

S-V-H said...

Ich danke dir, liebe Yvi. Es ist so heiss geworden hier in FL, wuenschte ich koennte Euch dort drueben etwas abgeben davon :)

nothingprofound said...

I'm so glad Zen and the whole of Eastern philosophy exists. Otherwise I'd have no philosophical basis to justify my total lack of ambition and innate laziness.

S-V-H said...

They were longtime existing before us, they have tradition and for the most they have culture. The West has still to learn a lot from the East.

Thanks for commenting, Marty!

The Retired One said...

Very zen indeed!!!

S-V-H said...

Thank you, Joan! I'm so happy for you that your little boy can be discharged from the Hospital!!

Mel said...

I saw some of the cutest little Zen gardens at a Japanese store not long ago. I can't get it out of my head but haven't been back that way to purchase one.

The reflections add a lot of interest to the photo, gives it nice linear content.

S-V-H said...

Thank you so much, Missy. I like to see new faces visiting here :)

Flarfje said...

Thanks for your support!
Love your pictures!

Kind regards,

S-V-H said...

Thank you so much, Bart! :)


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