- sudden enlightenment.
Origin of satori
1720–30; < Japanese: noun derivative of v. “to awaken” (sato- aware + -r- formative affix)
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- Zen Buddhism the state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment
Word Origin and History for satori
1727, from Japanese, said to mean literally "spiritual awakening."
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