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Japanese Buddhism “Zen” – Even Steve Jobs was addicted!-

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Straightforward to say Japanese people are poor in a feelings expressions and weak in states their opinions compared to the Western people have been said.
Japanese people tend to have a group mentality rather than an individual outlook is actually based on Japanese mind.

Here’s one of the Buddhism its “Zen” built up the Japanese mind as it mentioned above.
A legend that everyone knows, Steve Jobs also learnt about “Zen” in San Francisco.

(Photo by Tenku)

(Photo by Tenku)

“Zen” is something that is not obtained; it is to open your enlightenments.

To get the hang of it, there is a practice called; “Zazen” which is considered the heart of Japanese Soto Zen Buddhist practice. The aim of zazen is just sitting, that is, suspending all judgmental thinking and letting words, ideas, images and thoughts pass by without getting involved in them.
Long time ago in Japan, only the priests had done the Zazen practice, but it was gradually adapted to the people around in Japan.
Current Japanese people like “keep a grip on one’s emotions.” and “judging the feelings of others by heart” were the underlying basis of Zen.

During the Tohoku earthquake in 2011, Japanese people helped and united each other made the world known as beautiful virtues of Japanese.

Currently in order to practice the sprits regardless of the religions, there’re some temples where you can practice and experience Zazen for anyone.

Within those temples where accept a long term practices for tourists and to this opportunity, there are many people come to apply for the practices from all over the world.

Last thing to tell is Japanese temples are also tourist spots like beautiful gardens and historic building, but would be good to try and experience the Zen meditation during your trip in Japan.

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