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Zen

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noun \ ˈzen \

Definition of Zen

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

Origin and Etymology of zen

Japanese, religious meditation


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Zen

adjective

Definition of Zen

1 :of, relating to, or associated with Zen Buddhism
  • a Zen monk/priest/master
2 a :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 Albrecht
b :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."

First Known Use of zen

1881


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