Part of speech: noun
Origin: Japanese, 12th century
A Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition.
Examples of Zen in a sentence
" 'I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.' ― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment"
"I admire the Zen philosophies and have tried to adapt those principles into my meditation practice."
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As a proper noun, Zen refers to a specific sect of Buddhism that focuses on meditation and intuition. But when used as an adjective, "zen" simply means peaceful and calm — attributes one might find through practicing Zen Buddhism.
Did you Know?
The full name is "Zen Buddhism," but "Zen" is used to refer to the specific Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism. It was introduced to Japan from China in the 12th century. Principles focus on achieving enlightenment through meditation, which is called "zazen."