Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. A sudden inexpressible feeling of inner understanding or enlightenment.

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  • n. (Zen Buddhism) a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment

Etymologies

Japanese.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 悟り (さとり) (satori, "understanding") (Wiktionary)

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

  • 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".

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  • They have been my fashion since 1975. "satori:" Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. "

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  • In recognition of this I have decided, whenever possible, to collect these moments of literary satori for the benefit of future generations, and to set a bench mark that politicos from other lands can aspire to.

    Great Welsh analogies: The Political Teacup

  • During the psychedelic revolution of the 1960s the sudden alteration of consciousness brought on by LSD and other drugs dovetailed neatly into the satori stories of Zen.

    Lewis Richmond: A Cultural History Of The Word 'Enlightenment'

  • In other words, he did not deny the reality or importance of satori; he just pointed out that satori, when separated from rest of Buddhist practice, has a tendency to devolve into just another object of desire, something the ego wants for itself.

    Lewis Richmond: A Cultural History Of The Word 'Enlightenment'

  • Some Buddhist scholars Edward Conze, for example have felt that the Zen emphasis on satori as the sine qua non of Buddhist experience is somewhat outside the mainstream of Buddhist tradition.

    Lewis Richmond: A Cultural History Of The Word 'Enlightenment'

  • Even within Zen, there were various schools and approaches; not all of them emphasized satori as primary.

    Lewis Richmond: A Cultural History Of The Word 'Enlightenment'

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