Explain the Uniqueness of the School of Zen Buddhism

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Explain what makes the school of Zen Buddhism (as a special school of Mahayana Buddhism) unique?

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Nov 21st, 2017

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The roots of Zen are clouded with legend; its origins in Chan (Chinese Buddhism), its transmission to Japan, and its transition to a uniquely Japanese tradition are gradual and not identifiable until the 12th century C.E. and later.


Zen includes the wide diversity of the Buddhist pantheon, but also teaches that the divine nature is in all things and that the Buddha-nature is shared by everyone. There is no concept of omnipotent, eternal deities. 




3.The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions (2006),

4.The Encyclopedia of Religion (2005),

5.the Religious Movements Page at the University of Virginia,

5.The Cambridge Illustrated History of Religions (2002), and the Encyclopedia of World Religions (1999).

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