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Zen meditation is an ancient Buddhist tradition that dates back to the Tang Dynasty in 7th century China. From its Chinese origins it spread to Korea, Japan and other Asian lands where it continues to thrive. The Japanese term “Zen” is a derivative of the Chinese word Ch’an, itself a translation of the Indian term dhyana, which means concentration or meditation.

Zen meditation is a traditional Buddhist discipline which can be practiced by new and seasoned meditators alike. One of the many benefits of Zen meditation is that it provides insight into how the mind works. As with other forms of Buddhist meditation, Zen practice can benefit people in myriad ways, including providing tools to help cope with depression and anxiety issues. The deepest purpose is spiritual, as the practice of Zen meditation uncovers the innate clarity and workability of the mind. In Zen, experiencing this original nature of mind is experiencing awakening.

Because it is recognizing not only what the mind is, but how the mind is limited, we realize the need to go way beyond it in order to reach deeper parts of ourselves.

At first it would appear that has no real basis for its concept, but when we go beyond the mind, we find Worlds unknown and yet to be discovered, we find the root and cause of our origins and the fountain from whence we stemmed.

To go beyond the mind is to reach levels of being of which we had not become familiar with, as yet. In a real sense, is the beginning of real Spirituality. Is going beyond the known into the unknown and yet the continuity of whom we really are a part of.

It is to transcend that to which we have become accustomed, is to get to know the unknown yet knowable that we have not looked into as yet.

It is a very transcendental philosophy, the philosophy of the Real Self.

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