The core of Zen Buddhism comprises of The Mahayana Sutras which were written in China and India. The well-known ones are the Diamond Sutra, Lankavatara Sutra, and the Samantamukha Parivarta, a chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the Heart Sutra and the Platform Sutra of Huineng. The basics of Zen Buddhism consist of the five precepts, the Eightfold Path, the five skandhas, the Four Noble Truths, three dharma seals among many others. Classic Zen, budding principally in the Tang Dynasty in China is conventionally divided into the Five Houses of Zen or five "schools”: Guiyang, Linji, Caodong, Yunmen and Fayan.
Zen emphasizes dharma practice and realization in the form of meditation known as zazen in the accomplishment of awakening. Taoism has greatly influenced Zen Buddhism among many other aspects of Chinese philosophy as Zen came out to be a distinctive school in medieval China. However several scholars still debate over the intensity and degree of Taoism influence on Zen Buddhism. The chief religious figures in Zen incorporate Mañjusri Bodhisattva, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, Sakyamuni Buddha, Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, and Amitabha Buddha.
Zen is more like a way of life rather than a private pursuit or intellectual idea. The temples and followers of Zen stress more on meditation on daily basis and with other people thereby preventing any traps of ego in a being. Zen Buddhists have a firm belief that an individual should attain knowledge from all sides of life which in turn will help individuals obtain enlightenment; therefore followers are expected to carry out some of the tedious and monotonous tasks that one performs at home. Textual hermeneutics, theoretical knowledge and worldly treasures are looked down upon by these Buddhists in favor of direct and pragmatic understanding, their only advice is a true and clear meditation which will lead one and all to true and accurate consciousness of the world as well as to your own mind.