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People often ask, "Is Zen a form of Buddhism?" The
answer to this question is both yes and no. The answer should be "Yes"
because, historically speaking, Zen is a form of Buddhism which was
founded by Bodhidharma in China in the sixth century. It developed in
China and Japan, later taking the form of the 'Zen sect', with its own
particular temples, rituals, priesthoods, and religious orders. In this
sense, Zen should be called a form of Buddhism which stands side by side
with other forms of Buddhism, such as the T'ien-t'ai sect, the Hua-yen
sect, the Chen-yen sect, and the Ching-t'u sect, i.e., Pure Land
Buddhism. Further, not only in terms of temples, rituals, priesthood,
and religious orders, but also in terms of teaching, thought, and
practice, Zen, in the course of its long history, has come to have its
own particular forms comparable to the other schools of Buddhism. This
may be called the 'traditional Zen sect'.