- Chinese Ch'an. Buddhism. a Mahayana movement, introduced into China in the 6th century a.d. and into Japan in the 12th century, that emphasizes enlightenment for the student by the most direct possible means, accepting formal studies and observances only when they form part of such means.Compare koan, mondo1.
- the discipline and practice of this sect.
Origin of Zen
Examples from the Web for zen
The King returns to Cleveland, a battered Kobe battles in the West, and the Zen Master is christened the savior of New York.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling
October 27, 2014
Those words were said by Joshu Sasaki Roshi, who ordained Leonard Cohen as a Zen monk in 1996.
When he emerged from the Zen monastery on Mount Baldy, his enlightenment was followed with an all too worldly disaster.
She is a local hippie, the most Zen out of all of us in the apartment.How I Got Used to Gaza Rockets
July 9, 2014
After several delays the zen wonderland is now penciled in for an opening at the end of the summer.London Joins Cat Café Craze Sweeping the Globe
April 9, 2014
If the human body is a furnace, then the Zen body is a feeder pile.
So the Zen before me was, by our standards, about twenty-five years old.
Six months later, when we returned, there were twelve hundred Zen on Vesta!
But the Zen's question, even my rationalization of my reaction to it, had given me a chill.
Keep this in mind, by the way: I barely knew the language, and the Zen could barely remember it.
- a Japanese school, of 12th-century Chinese origin, teaching that contemplation of one's essential nature to the exclusion of all else is the only way of achieving pure enlightenment
- (modifier) of or relating to this schoolZen Buddhism
Word Origin and History for zen
school of Mahayana Buddhism, 1727, from Japanese, from Chinese ch'an, ultimately from Sanskrit dhyana "thought, meditation," from PIE root *dhya "to see, contemplate."
An approach to religion, arising from Buddhism, that seeks religious enlightenment by meditation in which there is no consciousness of self.