ZEN: The word “Zen” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese “Ch’an,” which means “meditation” and originally “Dhayna” from India. Ch’an came to Japan and became “Zen” around the eighth century..
Zen is a way of getting in touch with the deepest things our selves and learning to become friends with what we are.
How does Zen do this?
Through a form of meditation based on breathing. This practice is called Zazen that anyone can do it.
Is Zen a Religion?
Actually if you mean in the way most people talk about religion, Zen is not a religion. Zen does not deal with issues or concepts like a belief in God, or the Soul or immortality. Instead Zen deals with the practical things of every day life.
Does one have to be Buddhist in order to practice Zen?
No, you don’t. Since doesn’t deal in “religious” concepts but in a practice based on meditation, anyone can practice.