Definitions

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  • noun A spiritual awakening sought in Zen Buddhism, often coming suddenly.

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  • noun Zen Buddhism A sudden inexpressible feeling of inner understanding or enlightenment.

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  • noun (Zen Buddhism) a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment

Etymologies

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[Japanese.]

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From Japanese 悟り (さとり) (satori, "understanding")

Examples

  • Dr. James Dobson's epiphany, his satori was the realization that because the family is the most basic, irreducible element and building block of the human social order, the very genesis of evil in human family life, the original sin, the first taint, has to therefore originate in the blasphemous refusal of very young children to toe the line and obey parental authority.

    Bruce Wilson: Dare To Discipline: How Obama-Critic Whipped The Mini Weiner Dog Rebellion

  • The association of moment with Zen Buddhism is rooted in satori, a Japanese word for “enlightenment,” which can come as a sudden epiphany, as when the quarterback inexplicably senses a blitz and audibilizes a draw.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The association of moment with Zen Buddhism is rooted in satori, a Japanese word for “enlightenment,” which can come as a sudden epiphany, as when the quarterback inexplicably senses a blitz and audibilizes a draw.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The association of moment with Zen Buddhism is rooted in satori, a Japanese word for “enlightenment,” which can come as a sudden epiphany, as when the quarterback inexplicably senses a blitz and audibilizes a draw.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The association of moment with Zen Buddhism is rooted in satori, a Japanese word for “enlightenment,” which can come as a sudden epiphany, as when the quarterback inexplicably senses a blitz and audibilizes a draw.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • Wise Asses call it satori, the Moment of True Slack.

    The Book of the SubGenius

  • Wise Asses call it satori, the Moment of True Slack.

    The Book of the SubGenius

  • Wise Asses call it satori, the Moment of True Slack.

    The Book of the SubGenius

  • I don't mean to offend any Zen Buddhists out there by bastardizing the use of the word "satori", which roughly means "... individual Enlightenment, or a flash of sudden awareness".

    Opportunity In Crisis

  • I don't mean to offend any Zen Buddhists out there by bastardizing the use of the word "satori", which roughly means "... individual Enlightenment, or a flash of sudden awareness".

    Archive 2008-10-01

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