barriehomeboy saidIsn't Zen a Japanese thing, and wasn't meditation invented by the Japanese? Maybe they should be leading you?
meditation was not "invented"; it's not a 'system' that's developed like a formula or a recipe and thought in a Dale Carnegie course for $150 plus tax.
Meditation originated, as most spiritual ( dont read religious) practices did, in the world's spiritual cradle of India. Zen is a Japanese version of Buddhism (Mahāyāna Buddhism). and its word (Zen) has its root in the Indian Sanskrit language where it's called dhyana, Dhyana in turn offers approaches of how to emerse yourself deep within yourself - away from the 5 senses - to find and ultimately realize your higher (real) self.
I might want to add the there are various forms of yoga, out of which it would be fair to say that, while practiced by millions of people, Zen is nevertheless part of a smaller group of yoga practitioners and has its roots and origin in the Indian yogic tradition out of which most of Asia's spiritual teaching take their source.
The Hata Yoga practice which in America, not in Europe, is generally know as 'practicing yoga' is but 1 of the pillars of the overall yoga, to strengthen the body so it can carry out the mission, which is to support and strengthen the physical existence of the being so it can better execute for what it came to earth to accomplish.
In it's ultimate meaning, yoga means nothing less then 'union with the Divine. Most can only pursue1 aspect of yoga in 1 lifetime, yet there are systems to combine then .