Is it so important in Zen to know the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha about the four Noble Truths and how critical is it to know the noble Octuple Path and its application?
The question may seem silly but I would like to know. Does Zen, like other branches of Buddhism, take into account teachings or is it solely concerned with zazen?
Answer from Master Kosen
The lotus illuminates life and life illuminates the lotus.
Teachings bring understanding to our live, whereas the dimension of zazen is beyond our personal live and consciousness.
But both are complementary and illuminate one another.
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