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Philosophy of Kongo Zen
<The Philosophy of Kongo Zen>

Kongo Zen is derived from the word: Kongo, meaning diamond and Zen - the school of Bodhidharma, whose teaching are essentially based on the belief that the
kingdom of heaven lies in the heart of Man.

Kongo Zen is not a teaching concerned with life in the afterward, or with questions of whether one finds heaven or hell in the grave. It does not bother with the idea
that there are gods who punish us, or that some spirit will reach across the millennia to rescue sinners if only they pray hard enough or with the right words. What
Kongo Zen does teaches is the essential union of body and mind (
Ken Zen Ichinyo) and that human beings find all their joy and happiness in living half for others and
half for themselves. Through the practice of the principles of
Ken Zen Ichinyo, human beings may shape themselves into people worthy of being relied upon by
themselves and others. Through this, people contribute both to their own happiness and to the happiness of others throughout society.

Recognizing that misery and happiness in human society find their origins in human actions, Kongo Zen holds that the quest for a better world is a quest for fully
developed human beings. Although each of us is human, it is a rare person who understands the nature of Dharma (The nature of the universe) and the place of
humans in this universe law. To understand and act in accordance with Dharma is to become fully humane. Kongo Zen seeks the development of all people as the
pathway to a peaceful and cooperative world. A world of peace and cooperative can come only when people recognize the nature of Dharma and our place in it, acting
without struggling against our own natures.  
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Training Method of Kongo Zen
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United Training of Body & Mind
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Recognition & Development of Dharma
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