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Zen is the Japanese translation of the Chinese translation (ch’an) of the Sanskrit word dhyana, which means meditation. Georg Feuerstein, PhD., states that “Zen is Japan's form of Yoga.” The Japanese Zen tradition is highly focused on meditation as a tool for breaking through to one's pure Buddha nature.
Like Yoga, the objective of Zen practice is to awaken consciousness and Self Realize. Both Yoga and Zen meditation are tools for transitioning from the human self to the Higher Self. The goal of Zen is to experience enlightenment intuitively, by passing the thinking process which is subject to contamination.