Huifeng wrote:As the Chan / Zen / Son tradition is from Far East Asia, it never had any real contact with the Pali Canon at all, until about 100 years ago. The Far East Asian tradition did have non-Pali translations of Agamas (equivalent to Nikayas) and Vinaya texts. But in general, these were disparaged as "Hinayana" teachings, and seldom worth really checking out. Again, the attitude has changed somewhat in recent years. But all the classic Chan / Zen / Son attitude either largely doesn't know of or ignores this sort of stuff. Still, they are all forms of Buddhism, so have their common roots. So, avoid falling into the other extreme of "They are totally different", too.
Huifeng wrote:A lot of fairly typical Mahayana notions, such as Buddha nature, tathagatagarbha, alayavijnana, various bodies of the Buddha, etc. etc.
...wondering if there are any physical, literal practices that zen has that is not in the pali canon.
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