Zen Research Paper

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Zen is a unique feeling in which you are completely at one with yourself and the world around you. You feel total harmony as you whole being experiences clarity and inner peace that seem to be out of this world.

These moments of sublime tranquility can be likened to the moments when you are all alone by yourself, watching the sunset and listening to the rhythmic lapping of gentle waves at the shore.

Zen can be a journey rather than a religion. As a matter of fact, Zen is a philosophy of healthy living - a healthy lifestyle in which daily life problems are minimized, though not eradicated. Zen is a journey to relative truth. However, Zen does not alter any truth: it merely changes the way you perceive it. According to Zen, truth is relative, and the way you perceive it makes the difference. Just as John Milton, the famous poet, says: "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make Heaven of Hell, a Hell
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Zen does not and will not get you out of your problems: you can only intuit through self-enlightenment the wisdom of knowing "how" to live with your problems.

(4) The fourth Noble Truth is that Zen does not have any hard and fast rules for you to follow, neither does it provide any direction or guideline. Your becoming enlightened - how, when, or if - uniquely depends on you. What Zen offers is a way of life based on spiritual virtues, which are the facets of human wisdom interacting with one another. These spiritual virtues include: saying the right thing, taking the right action, earning a living the right way, making the right effort, paying the right attention, having the right concentration; developing the right perspective; and getting the right thought.

The wisdom of Zen is profound: it offers tranquility amidst a world of turmoil; it makes sense out of the nonsense of this world. It is healthy living at its
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