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Zen vs. Stoicism — What's the Difference?

Zen vs. Stoicism — What's the Difference?

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Zen

Zen (Chinese: 禪; pinyin: Chán; Japanese: 禅, romanized: zen; Korean: 선, romanized: Seon; Vietnamese: Thiền) is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty, known as the Chan School (Chánzong 禪宗), and later developed into various sub-schools and branches. From China, Chán spread south to Vietnam and became Vietnamese Thiền, northeast to Korea to become Seon Buddhism, and east to Japan, becoming Japanese Zen.The term Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (chán), an abbreviation of 禪那 (chánnà), which is a Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit word dhyāna ("meditation").

Stoicism

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC. It is a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to eudaimonia (happiness, or blessedness) is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or by the fear of pain, by using one's mind to understand the world and to do one's part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly.

Zen

A Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition rather than ritual worship or study of scriptures.

Stoicism

Indifference to pleasure or pain; impassiveness.

Zen

A school of Mahayana Buddhism that asserts that enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition rather than through faith and devotion and that is practiced mainly in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Also called Zen Buddhism.
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Stoicism

Stoicism The doctrines or philosophy of the Stoics.

Zen

Also zen An approach to an activity, skill, or subject that emphasizes simplicity and intuition rather than conventional thinking or fixation on goals
The zen of cooking.

Stoicism

A school of philosophy popularized during the Roman Empire that emphasized reason as a means of understanding the natural state of things, or logos, and as a means of freeing oneself from emotional distress.

Zen

(religion) enlightenment, particularly the kind acquired through Zen meditation.

Stoicism

A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.

Zen

An approach to instruction, understanding, or an activity similarly emphasizing simplicity and intuition rather than conventional thinking or fixation on goals.
The zen of cooking... the zen of passing the bar exam... the zen of C++...

Stoicism

The opinions and maxims of the Stoics.

Zen

(religion) Zen: of or related to Zen Buddhism, particularly its focus on indirect teaching of wisdom through riddles and stories.

Stoicism

A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.

Zen

(colloquial) Wise, displaying enlightenment or similar wisdom, insightful, unburdened and free of worries, extremely relaxed and capable.

Stoicism

An indifference to pleasure or pain

Zen

School of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan

Stoicism

(philosophy) the philosophical system of the Stoics following the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno

Zen

A Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight

Zen

Street name for lysergic acid diethylamide

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