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Definition zen

Etymology

From Japanese  (ぜん) (zen), from Middle Chinese 禪 (MC d͡ʑiᴇn) (compare Mandarin 禅 (Chán), an abbreviation of 禪那 (MC d͡ʑiᴇn nɑ), from Sanskrit ध्यान (dhyāna, “a type of meditation”). Akin to dhyana.

Noun

zen (uncountable)

  1. (religion) A denomination of Buddhism.
  2. (religion) Profound meditation within that denomination of Buddhism.
  3. An approach to an activity, skill, or subject that emphasizes simplicity and intuition rather than conventional thinking or fixation on goals.

Adjective

zen (comparative more zen, superlative most zen)

  1. (religion) Pertaining to this denomination of Buddhism.
  2. (colloquial) Enlightened, unburdened and free of worries; chill, extremely relaxed and collected.

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