American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. religion A denomination of Buddhism elaborated in Japan.
- n. informal A philosophy of calm reminiscent of that of the Buddhist denomination.
- adj. colloquial Extremely relaxed and collected
- n. street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
- n. a Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight
- n. school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan
- From Japanese 禅 (zen), from Middle Chinese 禅那 (chánnà), from Sanskrit ध्यान (dhyāna, "a type of meditation"); compare Pali झान (jhāna) (Wiktionary)
- Japanese zen, from Chinese (Mandarin) chán, meditation, from Pali jhānaṃ, from Sanskrit dhyānam, from dhyāti, he meditates. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Many use the term Zen to mean meditation, however the reason why I have chosen the name Sushi Zen is because the word Zen means "healthy" or "good for your body.”
“In fact, the word "Zen" has become almost meaningless, reducing the ancient practice to a mere advertising modifier.”
“She was a graceful woman, who embodied the word "Zen," and she was my favorite aunt because she never judged and was always supportive of me and my four siblings.”
“It was what I called his Zen rope-a-dope strategy and it worked.”
“They also often seem to adhere to what I call the Zen Teflon approach to spinnable events: "if you act as if you are teflon and believe you are teflon, you will * be* teflon.”
“While masons run into the danger of dropping a rock on a toe or putting their backs out, they also have the stillness and slower pace that comes with what he calls a Zen trade, Reinhart said.”
“They combine the magic of a Zen tale, told by Jon J Muth, with a mysterious ghost story, a full moon, and in "Zen Ghosts," a Halloween night.”
“Web Zen is created and curated by Frank Davis, and re-posted here on Boing Boing with his kind permission.”
“In Ms. Page's sits a large stone tub that looks out on a fenced in Zen garden with stones, large rocks and grasses.”
“This reminds lay practitioners that Zen is not only about monastic training, but can also be practiced in everyday life.”
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