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The principles of Zen summarized in four precepts.

Meditation is considered as the essential way to attain enlightenment, and it has been practiced since the time of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha.

The principles of Zen can be summarized in four precepts:

1) Zen is beyond the scope of verbal description.

2) It is not transmitted through any specific doctrines.

3) Zen directly points towards the mind.

4) Enlightenment can be achieved by discovering one's true nature.


The practice of sharing a kettle of tea among Zen monks is seen as a means to soothe and bring harmony to their minds.

This practice marks the start of chanoyu, also known as the "way of tea".

Murata Shuko, widely considered as the founder of the tea ceremony, was a follower of the priest Ikkyu.

Shuko believed that tea and Zen had a common philosophy at their core. This philosophy was then passed down to Sen no Rikyu, who refined the tea ceremony's manners and etiquette through the practice of Zen meditation.

Zen Temple Buddhist Monk Tea Ceremony


  1. Deep Breathing: Taking slow, deep breaths can help activate the relaxation response and calm the nervous system. Focus on your breath and try to inhale for four counts and exhale for six counts.

  2. Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness can help you stay present and centered in the moment. Try to focus on your senses, observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment, and redirect your attention back to the present moment whenever your mind starts to wander.

  3. Exercise: Physical activity can help reduce stress


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