Definition of Zen in English :

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Zen meaning in English

Meaning of Zen in English

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Zen pronunciation in English

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1. zen, zen buddhism

school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan

2. zen, zen buddhism

a Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight

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a Japanese school, of 12th-century Chinese origin, teaching that contemplation of one's essential nature to the exclusion of all else is the only way of achieving pure enlightenment
2. (modifier)
of or relating to this school
Zen Buddhism

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a variety of Buddhism, now practiced esp. in Japan, Vietnam, and Korea, seeking to attain an intuitive illumination of mind and spirit through meditation, esp. on paradoxes
the teachings and discipline of this kind of Buddhism
designating or of Zen Buddhism

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1. A school of Mahayana Buddhism that asserts that enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition rather than through faith and devotion and that is practiced mainly in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Also called Zen Buddhism.
2. also zen An approach to an activity, skill, or subject that emphasizes simplicity and intuition rather than conventional thinking or fixation on goals: the zen of cooking.

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