As Buddhism spread many different forms emerged due to the character of different teachers and the cultures through which the teaching passed. The form of Mahayana Buddhism that is known as Zen emerged as a distinct school in China in about the 8th century. Our school of Soto Zen was introduced to Japan in the 13th century by great master Dogen. Within the Soto Zen school there are many teaching lines and each has its own particular flavour.Zen literally means meditation and zazen or seated meditation is the heart of our practice.
There is a film now on Youtube which in introduces Soto Zen. It was filmed at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, a monastery in our tradition.