Zen Buddhism and Daoism

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Zen Buddhism & DaoismNameCourseInstructorDate Zen Buddhism and Daoism Zen Buddhism is a form of Buddhism with differing elements compared to other religions. The name Zen refers to meditation. It strives to help in the understanding of the direct meaning of life by avoiding the interruption of language or logical thought. It puts a lot of stress on the pure nature of the human mind and the potential people have towards realizations of the power of the mind (St and St11). From the concepts of Zen Buddhism, it emerges that enlightenment comes to a person as a result of acknowledgment or recognition that a person is already an open-minded being. The enlightenment can be a slow process or an instant one provoked by a flash of divine insights. It is a process initiated by personal willingness to seek the enlightenment. For that reason, scriptures or divine beings are or reduced contribution in the enlightenment process. Zen Buddhism focuses on the person rather than a supreme being as the influencer of personal life occurrences.Daoism also goes by the name Taoism. It is an early tradition of religious belief and philosophy with deep roots in the Chinese culture and customs. However, the definition of Daoism also bears another dimension. Teachers of the practice assert that Daoism or Taoism is neither a philosophy nor a religion but a "way" of life (Mou, Pan, and Normand17). The Tao serves to represent the natural order of things in the world. The Tao is a force that flows

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