Amazing Zen Custom Wall Scrolls in Chinese or Japanese. it can be considered a religious symbol, as it is strongly-associated with Japanese Zen Buddhism. this, several of the great masters of the T'ang and Sung dynasties liked to keep a Zen staff in their hands, using it as a symbol of leadership, with its authority and. Zen symbol for "Chi," which in Chinese means "that which gives life," or "prana" in India. To us a Biblical reference, it is the breath that God placed in the dust to.