What is Zen?
Zen is the school of Buddhism that places greatest emphasis on looking into the mind, awakening to our Original Nature, and experiencing each moment directly. It holds fast to the teaching that awakening is possible for each of us.
At the same time, ‘Zen’ can refer to the very essence of existence itself. When used in this sense, it transcends all spiritual distinctions and points directly to the universal truth of human nature—that which lies at the core of every genuine spiritual teaching. For this reason, spiritual awakenings by people in every tradition and in every era share strikingly similar features and insight.