Buddhism in China and the Far East soil awaited special destiny. For Taoists called Shakyamuni Buddha to renounce all worldly things was irrelevant, because they are both gone from the world. But the doctrine of the identification of subject and object as a way of knowing the world, as well as the karma and the cycles of incarnations, terminates the connection with the Absolute, gave new impetus to the development of the Chinese worldview.
In this case of resonance and dissonance of two archetypes: Chinese (Venus, Taurus-Libra) and Indian (Pisces, at least in a part of India, which borders with China and Tibet). On the one hand it was a mutual fertilization (Fish - a place of elevation of Venus), on the other - almost complete processing of the categories of Indian philosophy that did not have analogues in the Chinese film world.
The Buddhist idea of the subordination of the individual "I" Absolute, combined with the already developed the Chinese concept of cosmic balance, given the Zen Buddhism - a purely esoteric, even mystical philosophy, in which the unity of macrocosm and microcosm is understood through the unity of the knowable object and perceiving subject: the entire universe is placed in individual consciousness, or, more precisely, in the subconscious, it just fits in it and becomes identical to it, and the differences between them are insignificant.
Identification - is really a very convenient way of knowing the world (esoteric philosophy), as well as the impact on it (magic), a genius in the simplicity of its principle, but extremely difficult in its practical implementation, especially for a Western man. Indeed, what could be simpler: if you want to know the stone - identified himself with it (stand by while the stone, "Thou" in it) you want to know the laws of the universe - we identify ourselves with them, and so on.
Want to knife the enemy struck him - identified himself with a dagger. This principle, incidentally, is the basis of many martial arts. Yes, but how to do this? Common man, especially the Europeans, are very difficult to fully identify with someone, and especially with something: prevents an invisible barrier that separates his precious personality from the outside world. Only when he, as the Buddhists teach, ceases to consider it valuable (the subordination of the individual "I" Absolute), he manages to overcome this barrier.
The Chinese themselves (as well as Japanese and other East Asians) are appealing to the spiritual experience of Gautama Buddha: once he got, then, and you succeed. It means that he used, are known. The most important of these tools is meditation. The word Zen is the Japanese pronunciation dhyana (Sanskrit) - Meditation (in Ch'an (Chinese), meaning the same thing). After that, everything is very simple: meditation, plus awareness of the law of equilibrium of the macrocosm (the world karma) gives the first stage of knowledge of the infinite - the refusal of hatred, says DA Suzuki.
Meditation, plus the consciousness of karma as the law of equilibrium microcosmic (individual karma) - This is the second step, obedience karma. Meditation plus Wu Wei (the principle of non-action) gives a "lack of commitment", the third stage of knowledge. And, finally, meditation, plus awareness of dharma as law teleological (purpose) of its existence - is the fourth stage, called a Suzuki obedience dharma. Daysetsu Suzuki (1870-1966), Japanese, major theorist of Zen Buddhism. He has lectured at universities in Europe and America, has written over 90 books.
It is thanks to him, Western esoterica - those who gave me this work, of course - were able to approach an understanding of Zen Buddhism. Sometimes people say: Zen - this is a secret doctrine taught by Gautama Buddha only the closest of his disciples. In fact, there is nothing secret, it is only natural view of the world. The very sight of which we are talking all the time, and in its simplest and purest form. As one of the teachers of Zen, quoted from Suzuki: "The teaching of all Buddhas concluded from the beginning in our own mind."
It involves mainly the work of the spirit, and not even work, and the balance of the spirit, does not violate any external factors. Meditation and other exercises are needed only for beginners, to train your mind to the abstraction from every interference. As a rule, people under the age of 30 years to complete the cycle of Saturn, which means some new level of knowledge, such ability is difficult to ignore given: too many temptations. But then it often finds itself, not even necessarily a sign of Buddhism.