Soto Zen Buddhism


Soto Buddhism (Chinese, Ts'ao-tung) is a Zen sect that was transmitted from China to Japan. It arrived in Japan in 1227 upon the teacher Dogen's return from China.

Soto emphasizes zazen, or sitting meditation, as the means to attain enlightenment. The Soto practitioner is encouraged to clear the mind of all thoughts and concepts, without making any effort towards enlightenment, until enlightenment occurs.


  • Bodiford, William M.. “Zen.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Web. Accessed 20 Nov. 2016.
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