Zen

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See also: zen, zeń, zèn, zěn, zen-, and źeń

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

Zen (uncountable)

  1. (religion) A denomination of Buddhism elaborated in Japan.
  2. (religion) Profound meditation within that denomination of Buddhism.
  3. (informal) A philosophy of calm, reminiscent of that of the Buddhist denomination.

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Usage notes[edit]

Usually capitalized in all senses, almost always when talking about the denomination proper (compare Catholicism), usually but less often when referring to a looser sense of the philosophy or calm: “That’s very zen.” versus “She studies Zen Buddhism.”

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

Zen (comparative more Zen, superlative most Zen)

  1. (colloquial) Extremely relaxed and collected.

Anagrams[edit]


German[edit]

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Noun[edit]

Zen m

  1. (Buddhism) zen (denomination of Buddhism)

Further reading[edit]

  • Zen in Duden online

Irish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Zen m

  1. (Buddhism) Zen

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

Zen

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ぜん