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Friday, October 01, 2010

satori

\suh-TOHR-ee\ , noun;
1.
In Zen Buddhism, the state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment.
Quotes:
"Ah a little satori for Smith today," says Morley. "What were you doing down here?" "Sleeping, mostly."
-- Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
Jitka's hands, which were holding the worn and contemptible shorts, dropped when she saw in the eyes of her husband a reflection of her satori, or rather anti-satori, since it was icy and grim . . . My God, how we're living.
-- Vladimír Páral, Craig Stephen Cravens, Lovers and murderers
Origin:
Satori is a term from Zen Buddhism that derives from the Japanese word meaning "to awaken."
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