Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism originating in China during the 6th century AD. From China, Zen spread to Vietnam, Korea and Japan. The word Zen is from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Chan, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyana, which is approximately translated as “absorption” or “meditative state”. Zen emphasizes practical wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment. The teachings of Zen include the Prajnaparamita literature, Madhyamaka, Yogacara and the Tathagatagarbha Sutras.

The Self is the goal of life; attain this goal.

Those who know the Self become the Self.