Zen

Zen is a type of Buddhism that began in China and flourished in Japan. Practicing Zen Buddhism includes meditating while observing the flow of your breath in and out.

Zen is the Japanese pronunciation of a Chinese word, ch'an, which comes from a Sanskrit root meaning "thought," "absorption," or "meditation." And meditation is at the heart of Zen, along with an emphasis on self-control and insight. Most Zen Buddhists have a teacher they look to for wisdom and guidance as they practice.

Primary Meanings of Zen

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school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan
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n
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Full Definitions of Zen
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n school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan

Synonyms:
Zen Buddhism
Type of:
Buddhism
a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha

n a Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight

Synonyms:
Zen Buddhism
Type of:
Buddhism
the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
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