Zen is a buddhist school that arose in India and it developed in China with the name of chán. It is a very popular current in the western world, although the concept includes a fairly wide range of practices and doctrines .
Zen is based on the search for the illumination through techniques that avoid conceptual schemes. Originally, the buddhism He relied on a progression of the different states of meditation as a path to elevation. For Zen, there is a direct and spontaneous access to the higher state that precedes the nirvana , without the need to experience the previous states.
The Zen school focuses on meditation to achieve spiritual awakening, differentiating itself from other schools that spend a lot of time studying texts. With its expansion to other parts of the world, Zen acquired various influences and added numerous techniques. One of the main changes came with its boom in Japan.
In the West, more and more people have opted for the practice of Zen because they have considered that it is the best tool at their fingertips to find the peace, relaxation and tranquility they need in their lives .
And it is that this commitment to Zen brings a large number of benefits among which are the following:
• It is possible to significantly improve what is the coordination between the neurons that we have in the brain.
• It is a very useful instrument for all those people who have chronic diseases and pain because it acts as an adjunctive mechanism.
• Achieves a better mood.
• It has the advantage that it ensures that any person can improve in a decisive way what is their ability to concentrate.
• It allows us to disconnect completely from our life and place ourselves on another plane. In this way, we will put aside stress and bet on peace and serenity.
One of the most usual Zen practices is the posture in lotus position to meditate. The person must adopt this position, keep his back straight and squint, while letting his thoughts flow without clinging to any of them.
It is important not only to get the right posture but also other elements that will contribute to achieving the mentioned peace. This would be the case, for example, of breathing, which has to be slow, soft and deep.
Both the position and the correct breathing are two elements that will be fully achieved over time. Therefore, Zen experts are clear that the main key to achieve this discipline to achieve the objectives is to practice a lot.
Another method of Zen masters is known as koan . Koans are dialogues that promote reflection from a question that has no apparent meaning (for example: what sound does the palm of one hand make when clapping?) And forces the practitioner's concentration.
He zen garden or karesansui Finally, it is a space that contains sand, rocks and other elements that help meditation.