Zen in china shared much with the taoism of lao-tzu and chuang-tzu, so much that it is difficult to determine how much of zen has buddhist origins, how much taoist.
Various forms of buddhism played a major role in the life of the samurai, and we find this influence throughout several pieces on display buddhism arrived in japan during the sixth century and quickly became a powerful force for the ruling class. Contrary to the popular image, literature does play a role in the zen-training zen is deeply rooted in the teachings and doctrines of mahāyāna buddhism  unsui , zen-monks, are expected to become familiar with the classics of the zen canon [38.
Shingon buddhist practice is based on various rituals, including the chanting of mantras, puja, hand gestures and meditation through visualization of mandalas the central role of ritual in japanese esoteric buddhism led to a flourishing of the religious arts in the heian period. Third century ad) also played huge roles in the development of zen under the sixth patriarch, huineng (638–713 ad), zen shed most of its vestigial indian trappings, becoming more chinese and more like the zen we now think of.
Some scholars suggest that zen originally was something like a marriage of taoism and traditional mahayana buddhism, in which the complex meditative practices of mahayana met the no-nonsense simplicity of chinese taoism to produce a new branch of buddhism that is today known the world over.
Buddhism in noh royall tyler it is common knowledge that both shinto and buddhism may be found in noh and the same can be said of yamamba, although the play undoubtedly says nothing which zen in a broad sense need disagree both definitions of the buddhism of noh, as amidism and as zen, refer to schools of buddhism which are. Zen in china shared much with the taoism of lao-tzu and chuang-tzu, so much that it is difficult to determine how much of zen has buddhist origins, how much taoist it is important to remember, in this connection, that we are speaking of the so-called philosophical taoism and zen, as opposed to the later degenerate taoism and institutionalized zen of more recent times. Yes, zen influenced the samurai, as it did most of japanese culture and society for a time and yes, there is a connection between zen and japanese martial arts zen originated in china’s shaolin monastery, so zen and martial arts have long been associated.