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The Art of Shakespeare Like all Buddhism, Zen is a way by which one can achieve Buddha-consciousness, or effect "total-consciousness." "Total-consciousness" means being conscious of the true self and its role in regard to the infinite cosmos of all existence. This awareness allows one insight into or maybe understanding of the Tao, the critical singularity to which all things belong. Knowing the Tao, for Taoists and Zen Buddhists alike, is the equal of Nirvana, loosely described as the utmost fulfillment of one's existence. With all of it is lofty, mysterious terms and ideas, Zen Buddhism can seem very hard to speak about much less understand and follow. The beauty of Zen, though, is its practicality, its simplicity, its ingenious grasp of the obvious. There are few of the traditional Buddhist rituals or ceremonies in Zen. It's known as the "Way of Sudden Enlightenment." It is a way of life that brings one closer to the satori experience. Satori is the enlightenment itself and, thusly, the complete understanding of Zen's truths. An essential part of Zen is its avoidance of making distinctions. In a world full of apparent opposites. Zen recognizes that opposites are indeed merely apparent. Good can't exist in the absence of Bad. Light cannot exist apart from the shadow. This goes back to the nature of the Tao as the vital oneness, or the tie that binds all objects, ideas, and beings. Therefore, the Zen thinker does not consider action to be moral or immoral because to make such a distinctions to delude reality with extraneous, unnecessary ideas. The Zen life is devoid of purpose; but therein is the beauty. Furthermore blissful than living only for the sake of living: be...