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Zen

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noun \ˈzen\

Definition of Zen

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

Origin and Etymology of zen

Japanese, religious meditation


First Known Use: 1727


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Zen

adjective

Definition of Zen

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or associated with Zen Buddhism a Zen monk/priest/master

  2. 2a :  suggestive of the teachings or practice of Zen Buddhism Paddling, itself, is a Zen art: Anyone can do it, yet you can spend a lifetime perfecting it. — Jim Albrechtb :  having or showing qualities (such as meditative calmness and an attitude of acceptance) popularly associated with practitioners of Zen Buddhism “I hate to use this word, but Owen is very ‘Zen,’” said Rita Nagel, a vice president at Goldman, Sachs. “When some traders start losing money they get nervous. Owen stays very relaxed.”

1881

First Known Use of zen

1881


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