Zen Buddhism

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1. a Mahayana movement of Buddhism, introduced into China in the 6th century a.d. and into Japan in the 12th century, that emphasizes enlightenment by means of meditation and direct, intuitive insights.
2. the discipline and practice of this sect.
[1725–35; < Japanese]
Zen′ic, adj.
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Zen Buddhism, Zenism

an outgrowth of Mahayana, the “meditation” sect, developed in Japan from its earlier Chinese counterpart and divided into two branches: Binzai, an austere and aristocratie monasticism emphasizing meditation on paradoxes; and Sōtō, a benevolent monasticism with great popular following, emphasizing ethical actions and charity, tenderness, benevolence, and sympathy as well as meditation on whatever occurs as illumination. — Zen, n. — Zenic, adj.
See also: Buddhism
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Noun1.Zen Buddhism - school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan
Buddhism - a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha
Zen Buddhist - an adherent of the doctrines of Zen Buddhism
2.Zen Buddhism - a Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight
satori - (Zen Buddhism) a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment
Buddhism - the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
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What Lascano does is to reference Zen Buddhism with ancient Christian mysticism, as in the work of the anonymous 14th-century English monk, 'The Cloud of Unknowing,' which encourages the divesting of the mind of images and concepts in order to arrive at an advanced form of contemplation, through an encounter with 'nothing and nowhere.'
(2) Second, as a baseline with which to compare this psychological reading, this paper introduces a traditional visual medium from Zen Buddhism that symbolically depicts enlightenment; the Ten Ox-herding Paintings.
To begin to understand what else is happening here, however, it should be noted that Sarduy lived in the brief historical moment in which someone born outside of East Asia would take an interest in Chan or Zen Buddhism. Early Western accounts of Zen, coming largely from Jesuit missionaries, tended to think of it as a degraded local practice, vastly inferior to the moral and practical advice of Confucianism (see Faure 1996).
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Then that place will be a true place.'" Life Between the Tigers will confuse, perplex, amaze, and just possibly point toward the path to enlightenment, and is enthusiastically recommended especially for anyone who is intrigued by Zen Buddhism.