from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- n. A denomination of Buddhism elaborated in Japan.
- n. A philosophy of calm reminiscent of that of the Buddhist denomination.
- adj. Extremely relaxed and collected
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- 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
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)
From Japanese 禅 (zen), from Middle Chinese 禅那 (chánnà), from Sanskrit ध्यान (dhyāna, "a type of meditation"); compare Pali झान (jhāna) (Wiktionary)