Zen Buddhism came from China and is usually represented somewhat differently depending on where in the world it is being practiced. 

Zen is based on the principle that there are 4 Noble Truths, which are:

1.        Life involves suffering – this is to say that all of us must face some type of pain in life; whether the pain is physical or mental, it is inevitable and unavoidable on some level.

2.       The suffering is rooted in our attachment to certain outcomes in life – because we chase and strive for a specific ‘desired’ outcome in life and instead we often face disappointment or pain when things don’t work out just as we’ve planned. 

3.       The ending of suffering is possible in life – if we want to stop this suffering and unhappiness we are to let go of the preconceived notions and follow the fourth truth which is…

4.       Follow a more noble path

And this Noble Path is defined by those who practice Zen Buddhism as an eightfold path.  The eightfold path involves utilizing wisdom, ethical conduct, and mental conduct properly as a way of navigating your way through life and is really at the heart of Zen Buddhism.

 There are Right Ways of doing things like:

1.       Right View – involves seeing things the right way

2.       Right Intention – having the right mental energy behind your decisions

3.       Right Speech – involves being ethical and realizing that words matter

4.       Right Action – let your actions do no harm and come from a positive place

5.       Right Livelihood – making your living in an upright manner

6.       Right Effort – involves working towards a more wholesome way of life

7.       Right Mindfulness – means that your conscious is clear along with your vision

8.       Right Concentration – involves having your mental energy refined and united