A cornucopia of offshoots of Buddhism took place for hundreds of years. One of these adoptions was Zen- Buddhism adopted mainly by the Japanese, combined chanting, student-teacher dialogue and Zazen (sitting) meditation. Although just sitting and breathing might seem antithetical to the practical aims of this book, it is important to know some history in order to gain depth and perspective. It is also vital to stop and focus in order to make any significant changes in our perception, which is the first step toward improving our lives.
The student-teacher dialogues incorporated sacred texts, which were conundrums or koans that emphasized the underlying order and unity of all that is and over time became valued and guarded vehicles toward internal illumination and the path to enlightenment.
“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”
Of course, you have to recognize the teacher.