dhyana

noun
dhya·​na | \ dēˈänə, ˈdyä- \
plural -s

Definition of dhyana

1 Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism : meditation especially : an uninterrupted state of mental concentration upon a single object : higher contemplation
2 usually capitalized : a Mahayana school of Buddhism relying on meditation as a method of enlightenment — compare ch'an

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History and Etymology for dhyana

Sanskrit dhyāna, from dhyāti he thinks

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“Dhyana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dhyana. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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