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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Definitions for za-zen

  1. meditation in a prescribed, cross-legged posture.

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Citations for za-zen
They told me that before he left he had paced the floor nervously for several days; that he had been doing za zen on his mat for about nine hours a day; that he'd gotten into a quarrel over religion with a Jehovah's Witness on his shift as a night watchman. Shulamith Firestone, Airless Spaces, 1998
I stared at the glow of the cigarette as if in za-Zen, open-eyed meditation. Michael Gurian, An American Mystic, 2000
Origin of za-zen
1720-1730
Za-zen comes from the Japanese word za meaning "seat, seated" and zen, which originally comes from the Sanskrit word meaning "thought, meditation."
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