Chinese Ch'an [chahn] /tʃɑn/ .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 means of meditation and direct, intuitive insights, accepting formal studies and observances only when they form part of such means.: Compare koan, mondo1.
the discipline and practice of this sect.
(lowercase) a state of meditative calm in which one uses direct, intuitive insights as a way of thinking and acting.
of or relating to Zen Buddhism: Zen monasteries.
having characteristics or qualities associated with the discipline or practice of Zen Buddhism: Fishing is a Zen hobby.
(sometimes lowercase) relaxed and calmly accepting of a situation: I’m usually very Zen about my investments.
- Also called Zen Buddhism (for defs. 1, 2) .
- Zenic, adjective
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How to use Zen in a sentence
Marsh, on the other hand, has a Zen poet’s approach to life.
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He was convinced that the mindfulness training embedded within Zen practice could be enormously valuable to Western patients suffering from chronic illness, depression, and anxiety.A Quiet Path Out of the Coronavirus Shadow - Issue 98: Mind | Clayton Dalton | March 31, 2021 | Nautilus
In 1979, an American biologist and student of Zen named Jon Kabat-Zinn began developing a secular approach to mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.A Quiet Path Out of the Coronavirus Shadow - Issue 98: Mind | Clayton Dalton | March 31, 2021 | Nautilus
The Zen master Andre Agassi solved Boris Becker’s serve by figuring out that Becker stuck his tongue out on his lip, literally pointing to where he was going to place it in the service box — center, left or right.Dissecting athletic greatness: Nature, nurture, lucky breaks and a ‘quiet eye’ | Liz Robbins | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | Robert Silverman | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
As Neil attempts to discover himself, he regularly seeks the advice of a Buddhist Zen Master.Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage? | David Masciotra | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not according to Haze, who is decidedly Zen about his Method approach to Ballard.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco | Melissa Leon | August 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Zen-ed-din paid him handsomely for his trouble, and added some words of good advice.
We must Zen see ze city, ze illumination, ze dance, ze pyrotechnic at night.The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
I sall away to ze Kasbah, and Zen in due time look for ze swoop of ze French zouaves.Miss Caprice | St. George Rathborne
This was the Zen sect, introduced in its various branches from China.Japan | Various
Moi, Zen connaiz-un, 130 francs, mais zi peux ti lavoir pour 95.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets | Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for Zen
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 school: Zen Buddhism
- Zenic, adjective
- Zenist, noun
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Cultural definitions for Zen
An approach to religion, arising from Buddhism, that seeks religious enlightenment by meditation in which there is no consciousness of self.
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