The name suggests strength, clarity, wisdom, and flashes of light, all is associated with the enlightened awareness that is seeks to transmit. It is the 3 rd branch of Buddhism because of its complexity and unique elements.
Zen means understanding ones true self. Zen takes its name from the 7 th step in the noble 8fold path. Emphasizes on enlightenment and direct insight into the Buddhist teachings.
1 st path- path of an listener who aims to become a saintly Arhat (person who extinguished all external impurities and desire. Their goal does not include the benefit of others. 2 nd path Solitary Buddha. Who arrives in a world where Buddha does not exist. 3rd is Bodhisattva. Someone who wished to attain Buddhahood for enlightment in order to benefit others. One must give up all activities that harm other beings, whether these acts are physical, verbal, or mental. In other words, one should work towards happiness of forms of life and elimination of suffering.
The essence of Zen is attempting to understand the meaning of life directly, without being misled by logical thought or language.
1.According to the law of nature… only sorrow, pain, grief and despair are left in the end. 2. cravings and ignorance of the law of nature are the condition of origin of individual sufferings. 3. complete fading away and extinction of this three fold craving, forsaking it, and giving it up, the liberation and detachment from it. A person can only realize Nirvana with the extinction of the cravings. 4. It is the 8fold path. It avoids the two extremes of sensual pleasure and self-mortification that leads to the cessation of sufferings.
Vajrayana and Zen Buddhism both follows the Noble eightfold Path. They follow these paths in hopes to reach enlightenment.
Buddhist Wisdom The Tradition and its Discussion
A route to attain Enlightenment, just like Theravada and Mahayana.It believes that nothing is eternal.Itoriginated in China during the 6th century.Vajrayana Buddhism-The “Diamond Vehicle”
Began in China and carried to Japan.Itsemphasis is on learning about ways to reach the ultimate goal of fulfillmentIt requires a person to be trained by a teacher about the learning of attaining the inner peace and knowledge.Zen Buddhism- Dhyana(meditation)
Vajrayana Buddhism emphasize on practically doing what is good.3 paths that lead to either complete or partial state or nirvana.It is a very ancient branch of Buddhism.It requires its followers to physically practice all the good deeds to satisfy their hearts.Teachings
Zen Buddhism is an ancient thought according to which the Buddha lives and resides in every heart.Itrequires its followers to gain knowledge and understanding of the fact that he/she will follow Buddha to reach enlightenment.Teachings
Zen Buddhism followers have to be familiarized with the scripture and sutras.Zen scholars from the beginning of its origin have added their teachings to the scripture.Scripture – Zen Buddhism
It contains Tantric scripture and is difficult to learn due to its length.There is no clear evidence about the authencity of this scripture.Scripture- Vajrayana Buddhism
The Noble Truth of SufferingThe Noble Truth of The Arising of SufferingThe Noble Truth of the Cessation of SufferingsThe Noble Truth of the Path leading to the Cessation of SufferingThe Four Noble truths