Zen

[zen]
noun
1.
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, mondo.
2.
the discipline and practice of this sect.
Also called Zen Buddhism.


Origin:
< Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese chán, transliteration of Pali jhāna < Sanskrit dhyāna

Zenic, adjective
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Zen (zɛn)
 
n
1.  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
2.  (modifier) of or relating to this school: Zen Buddhism
 
[from Japanese, from Chinese ch'an religious meditation, from Pali jhāna, from Sanskrit dhyāna]
 
'Zenic
 
adj
 
'Zenist
 
n

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Zen
school of Mahayana Buddhism, 1727, from Japanese, from Chinese ch'an, ult. from Skt. dhyana "thought, meditation," from PIE base *dhya "to see, contemplate."
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Zen definition


An approach to religion, arising from Buddhism, that seeks religious enlightenment by meditation in which there is no consciousness of self.

Note: Deliberately irrational statements are sometimes used in Zen to jar persons into realizing the limits of the common uses of the intellect. One well-known example is, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”
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zen

vt. To figure out something by meditation or by a sudden flash of enlightenment. Originally applied to bugs, but occasionally applied to problems of life in general. "How'd you figure out the buffer allocation problem?" "Oh, I zenned it." Contrast grok, which connotes a time-extended version of zenning a system. Compare hack mode. See also guru.
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Zen definition


[Kehoe, B., "Zen and the Art of the Internet", February 1992.]
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zen definition

jargon
To figure out something by meditation or by a sudden flash of enlightenment. Originally applied to bugs, but occasionally applied to problems of life in general. "How'd you figure out the buffer allocation problem?" "Oh, I zenned it."
Contrast grok, which connotes a time-extended version of zenning a system. Compare hack mode. See also guru.
(1996-09-17)

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Example sentences
As the zen buddhists say, you can't step in the same river twice.
If you're willing to get a little zen with it, the solution is simple.
To learn how to make one, visit her blog, bento zen.
On the other hand, the new apartment is fabulous, and my zen is close to nirvana.
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