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Zen & Zazen

Zazen is a form of mental or spiritual training which originated in India. When doing Zazen, the practitioner sits with the correct posture, breathes regularly, and abandons worldly thoughts. Zazen was introduced to Japan from China, and a sect was established which used the method to achieve spiritual enlightenment.

The doctrine of zen buddhism can be described as wordless communication, or expression without language. It is a basic tenet of zen that the truth can only be attained through direct experience. Various training methods including zazen are employed to achieve this end.
A priest performs no productive labor, but lives by begging food and money. This is called takuhatsu and is a method of effacing oneself and becoming free of vanity.