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Zen (Chinese: 禪; pinyin: Chán; Korean: 선) is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynastyas Chan Buddhism. Zen school was strongly influenced by Taoism and developed as a distinct school of Chinese Buddhism. From China, Chan Buddhism spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and east to Japan, where it became known as Japanese Zen and known as Seon buddihism in Korea.