Zen, and Death
“Life is an illusion, and so is death.” That is the basic view of the Zen sages on the subject.
Zen Buddhists strive for the ending of Rebirth, as all good Buddhists should do.
“Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home.” – Zhuangzi
The practice of the Zen student is relinquishment; when you relinquish your attachment to this life (body) you relinquish the attachment to death (body).
Zen does not believe in a fixed or permanent soul, that is born into this putrid phenomenal world, yet you will hear Zen talk about the ‘anima’, that what moves our flesh body in this word, as ‘True Self’ not this false self of the womb born body. It is this ‘anima’ that is liberated from the cycle of rebirth, and into immortality/Buddhahood.
This is the goal of Zen, the boundless home.