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=== What is Zen Buddhism? === : Buddhism (''Baudha-Dhamma/Dharma'', 仏法、仏道、仏教, Awakened Way) is the teaching of the [[Buddha]] (Awakened One, 仏陀、仏、佛、ホトケ、覚者) for all to become ''buddha'' (awakened) by practice of the Awakened Way, living awakening in [[nirvana]] (nibbāna, nirvāņa,涅槃). He was born to a royal family Kapilavatthu, and named Gotama Siddhattha (Gau-tama Siddha-artha: Skt., Best-cow Objective-attained). His life time has been transmitted in two traditions, Northern/Mahayana Buddhism (北方・大乗仏教, 643-383 B.C.) and Southern/Theravada Buddhism (南方・長老仏教, a century earlier than the former). He was awakened to the Dharma of [[Dependent Co-origination]] (縁起=因縁生起), that is, all phenomena are dependently co-originate on causes and conditions (Twelve-libmed Dependent Co-origination is a comprehensive formula of it attributed to the Seven Buddhas including the Buddha Gotama himself). He foresaw the destruction of the world due to selfish karma, he aspired to save the world from destruction and dedicated his whole life to save it by going beyond karma (in the awakened life in nirvana). After his awakening he said to be ''[[Tathāgata]]'' (Thus-being, being in Thusness, 如来・如去), when he was called "Hey, Gotama!" He was called and identified in many ways - ''[[Bhagavān]]'' (Fortunate One, 薄迦梵), ''Sākiya-muni'' (Thoughtful One from Sākiya, 釈迦牟尼).
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