Welcome to Buddhistisk Samfund (Buddhist Society)
Buddhism is quite well known in the West today. All schools of Buddhism are based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, who lived in northern India about 2500 years ago. At the age of 33 he had an experience - a religious awakening, through which he saw what this universe is, how it works and how we human beings can live in harmony. From this experience came Shakyamuni Buddha's wisdom and compassion. From that time until his death at the age of 80 he strove to instill this insight into his followers.
Over time several distinct schools of Buddhism evolved, of which Zen is one that emphasizes zazen - sitting meditation.
Here is a famous description of Zen Buddhism:
Four Sacred Verses of Bodhidharma.
A special transmission outside the scriptures;,
Not depending upon words and letters;,
Directly pointing at the mind-heart of man;,
Seeing into one's nature and attaining Buddhahood.
These verses are easily understood except for "attaining Buddhahood". This can be translated as "realization of perfect enlightenment": an experience of the fact of primordial perfection of all and everything. There is nothing to attain, nothing to get. It is already here. Wake up! You are in the midst of the Kingdom of God.
Therefore zazen is simply sitting. There is nothing to strive for, nothing to gain. Mastering this state however, takes some adjustment and this is where Zen training comes in.
Rinzai Zen Buddhism is famous for using koans to awaken its students to the "special transmission outside the scriptures". Koans are dialogues or questions that are impossible to understand intellectually, but rather point to direct experiences.
Buddhist Society is a place where you can come for zen training.
Our practice is based on the Rinzai Zen School of Buddha Dharma.