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About 'About Zen'

The web site introduces Zen and provides tools for existing practitioners.  Like all Buddhists, I respect all the schools of Buddhism, but this is a Zen web site, so where the Zen School differs from others, I have reflected the mainstream Zen view.  This does not make the others wrong, but different.

If you have a religious belief other than Buddhism, I do not encourage you to change.  This is not the Buddhist way.  Follow your path tirelessly.   If you have no path, Zen worked out for me and others, but be careful choosing a temple or teacher.  To paraphrase the Tibetan Lam Rim: "Most people take more care buying a cow than choosing a teacher, but you are entrusting your precious mind to a teacher so check very, very carefully".  Imagine you are buying a car that is worth all the property and cash you have.  Seriously.

The challenge of explaining Zen on the web is that normally explanations are directed at a specific audience with a known level of commitment, experience and cultural background.  My answer and continuing direction is to use visual and intuitive tools that all kinds of audiences might find useful.  Since this is Zen, I hope in the future to make the Read Zen section smaller and the Perceive and Do sections larger. 

The site is light on Korean Zen, which I don't feel qualified to speak about.  If anyone from a Korean Zen school wants me to add or change something about the site, please write me.  I'll look into it.

If you want to use my software or photos on another website or reproduce them, contact me first at zen@aboutzen.info

If you want to cite this site, please include Robert Friedler and www.aboutzen.info in there somewhere.

Feedback is welcome at zen@aboutzen.info   You may write in Chinese or Japanese if that is your preferred language.

I want to express my gratitude here to my great, direct teachers: my parents, Paster Einer Smith and my teacher-nun in Sydney (name withheld because she's so modest).  I want to express my gratitude here to my great, indirect teachers: Master Hsing Yun, Master Xu Yun, Master Hui Neng and the Buddha.


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