Zen, Zen Buddhism(noun)
school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan
Zen, Zen Buddhism(noun)
a Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight
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A denomination of Buddhism elaborated in Japan.
A philosophy of calm reminiscent of that of the Buddhist denomination.
Extremely relaxed and collected
A denomination of Buddhism
Pertaining to this denomination of Buddhism
extremely relaxed and collected
Origin: 禅, from 禅那, from ध्यान (Pāli: jhāna)
Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in China during the 6th century as Chán. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and east to Japan. The word Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which can be approximately translated as "absorption" or "meditative state". Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight in the Buddhist teachings. As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher. The teachings of Zen include various sources of Mahāyāna thought, especially Yogācāra, the Tathāgatagarbha Sutras and Huayan. The Prajñāpāramitā literature and, to a lesser extent, Madhyamaka have also been influential.
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To figure out something by meditation or by a sudden flash of enlightenment. Originally applied to bugs, but occasionally applied to problems of life in general. “How'd you figure out the buffer allocation problem?” “Oh, I zenned it.” Contrast grok, which connotes a time-extended version of zenning a system. Compare hack mode. See also guru.
The numerical value of ZEN in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of ZEN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
The ability to know I can get control... is a certain level of Zen-like freedom, because I know I can get control, then I don't need to be in control all the time.
By the end Clive and I were just shaking, we were so tired, the shower afterwards was the most incredible Zen feeling in the world. I just sat down and let the water fall over me.
I want to encourage The Little Zen Monkey to be The Little Zen Monkey, to develop those muscles, people are really excited about what The Farmers're doing and that The Farmers're getting The Farmers kid outside, keeping The Little Zen Monkey active and encouraging The Little Zen Monkey to be strong as The Little Zen Monkey grows older.
I've been thinking about that old Zen conundrum what's the sound of one hand clapping My personal opinion--nothing. You don't have two hands, you don't have any clapping. It's as simple as that. Stars, galaxies, clapping hands, what's the point The point is that we all need somebody, whether you're a supercluster or a little proton, a yin or a yang. Everybody is hooked into everybody else.
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