What is ZEN?

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What is ZEN?

Zen is not taken directly from the written word, nor religious transcriptions. It centers on a personal relationship with your own mind, and a higher, undefined entity outside of yourself. “Being Zen” is essentially a state of being at peace with your own thoughts, and being self-aware of your place within the universe, inconsequential (and simultaneously essential). Trying to define Zen is nearly impossible, as it is based in the concept of paradox. It is both the acceptance of everything and nothing, the realization that Zen encompasses everything in the world, and is similarly encompassed by every minute element of existence. It is both intensely personal, while also accessible to anyone willing to embrace the wisdom of oneness with the world around them. If you sincerely free yourself from the tangible and illusory bonds of the physical world, you can tap into the unseen fabric of life, and be fully satisfied with your place in it.

What confuses people about Zen is that there is no formal practice or set routine that people must practice to achieve the enlightenment that Zen presents as a possibility. Rather than spending weeks, months or even years dedicated to religious texts or elaborate rituals, Zen Buddhists and practitioners focus on breaking through the boundaries of traditional thought and behavior to witness the world as it truly is.