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Zen

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noun \ˈzen\

Simple Definition of Zen

  • : a Japanese form of Buddhism that emphasizes meditation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Zen

  1. :  a Japanese sect of Mahayana Buddhism that aims at enlightenment by direct intuition through meditation

Origin of zen

Japanese, religious meditation


First Known Use: 1727

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