In Zen Buddhism there is no Buddha. Or – at least – there is no physical reminder of the Buddha in Zen temples and Zen gardens.
Obviously this is no oversight, and nor is it a sign of disrespect for the Buddha. It’s just the realisation that the Buddha – as he himself knew – simply isn’t the point.
His efforts to achieve understanding and enlightenment were the real point. As they should be for all seekers of the truth, the Way, the ultimate wisdom.
In Zen Buddhism there is no worship, and there is no Supreme Being – which means there is no deity. Zen is, above all, a philosophy and spiritual intelligence – not a religion. Zen simply means meditation.