S: Zen and the Art of Faking It
BC: Work Cited "Zen History." Sydney Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Australia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 May 2011.
1: The history of Zen begins in India. In Buddha’s lifetime, yoga was widespread. Buddha visited other saints and searched for the answer to his two questions. He couldn't find the answer, so he meditated and started Zen. Zen is about finding the answer to those two questions. The two questions were: What were men? How should men live?
2: A Zen garden is a spiritual part of Japanese gardening. You put sand in a box, and put two rocks in it. You take a rake and make designs in it, trying to make your subconscious make the designs. It's supposed to be an ocean. Everything represents something in the ocean.
3: The history of Zen meditation dates back to the 11th century and was bought from Japan to China at that time by a monk called Bodhidarma. Meditating is supposed to help you clear your mind. You have to get rid of any earthly attachments. You have to live in the present, and not think about the past or the future. You have to get rid of all the clutter in your mind to meditate.
4: One of the most important part of Buddhism is treating all living things with respect. Zen living is to live a life with respect for all living things. Monks don't kill for sport or for pleasure. They are vegetarians, but if they have to, they will eat meat. Sometimes when monks were poor or beggars, they will accept anything to eat, even if it's meat.
5: The Fourth Noble Truth is what Zen is all about. It shows us the way to give up our desires. By following the Eightfold Path you are supposed to live the right way. | The four noble truths are: Life is suffering. Suffering is caused by desire. We must stop the desire. Desires can be stopped by following the ‘Eightfold Path’ The First Noble Truth is about us not liking our lives. The Second Noble Truth tells us that desire makes our lives bad. The solution to our suffering is told by the Third Noble truth: to stop the suffering we must lose our desires. No desires means no suffering. You had to get rid of earthly attachments.