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Kōdō – The Way of Fragrance – The Zen Universe
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Kōdō (“Way of Fragrance”) is counted as one of the classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with chadō (“The Way of Tea”), kadō (“The Way of Flowers”)
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OM (or AUM) – The Zen Universe
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AUM or OM (in Devanagari ॐ) is one of the most sacred symbols in Hinduism. In Sanskrit known as praṇava (प्रणव) lit. “to sound out loudly” or 
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Dependent Origination – The Zen Universe
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The principle of dependent origination— paṭicca-samuppāda  — is a defining characteristic of Buddhist philosophy. Paṭicca-samuppāda 
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The Z Files – Case 3 – Gutei One-Finger Zen
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Whenever Gutei Osho was asked about Zen, he simply raised his finger. Once a visitor asked Gutei’s boy attendant, “What does your master teach?
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Happy Vesak Day! – The Zen Universe
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In 21 May 2016, Buddhists around the world are celebrating Vesak – the birth, Enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha Gautama. The Vesak is one of
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Schools of Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism – The Zen Universe
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Theravada Buddhism is sometimes called ‘Southern Buddhism’. The name means ‘the doctrine of the elders’ – the elders being the senior Buddhist monks.
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The Five Nyamas – The Zen Universe
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Buddha taught there are five types of factors at work in the cosmos that cause things to happen, called the Five Niyamas. The ‘five niyamas’ are the five
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Dogen Zenji (also known as Joyo Daishi)
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Eihei Dogen,  also known as Joyo Daishi or Kigen Dogen (19 Jan. 1200, Kyoto, Japan—22 Sept. 1253, Kyoto), was born into a family of the court nobility.
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Anicca – the Impermanence – The Zen Universe
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ANICCA THE CHARACTERISTIC of IMPERMANENCE The Blessed Buddha once said: What, Ananda, is the experience of impermanence, inconstancy and transience?
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Kesa – The Zen Universe
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The kesa is the symbol of the substance of the Buddha’s Law, the garment of “drizzle and dew, mist and clouds.” Heaven and earth, the entire universe
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