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SUBJECT Zen
TYPE AAT
REFERENCE ID 300022006
NOTES A school of meditative Buddhism introduced to Japan in the 12th century by monks returning from China. Originating in India, it spread to China where elements of Taoism were added. Zen emphasizes simple meditation that avoids ritual as well the personal experience of enlightenment attained through a life lived close to nature. There are two main branches of Zen in Japan: Rinzai and Soto.
HIERARCHY Associated Concepts Facet>Associated Concepts>religions (concept)>Buddhism>Zen
CHILDREN Rinzai

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