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Zen vs. Tao

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Zennoun

(religion) A denomination of Buddhism.

Taoproper noun

: the way of nature, or way to live one's life.

Zennoun

(religion) Profound meditation within that denomination of Buddhism.

Taonoun

(by extension) The art or skill of doing something in harmony with the essential nature of the thing.

‘the tao of archery’;

Zennoun

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; the zen of passing the bar exam; the zen of C++’;

Taonoun

: various administrative divisions of imperial and early Republican China.

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Zenadjective

(religion) Pertaining to this denomination of Buddhism.

Taonoun

an adherent of any branch of Taoism

Zenadjective

(colloquial) Enlightened, unburdened and free of worries; chill, extremely relaxed and collected.

Taonoun

the ultimate principle of the universe

Zennoun

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

Tao

Tao or Dao (Chinese) is a Chinese word signifying the , , , or sometimes more loosely , or . In the context of East Asian philosophy and East Asian religions, Tao is the natural order of the universe whose character one's human intuition must discern in order to realize the potential for individual wisdom.

‘way’; ‘path’; ‘route’; ‘road’; ‘doctrine’; ‘principle’; ‘holistic beliefs’;

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Zennoun

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

Zennoun

street name for lysergic acid diethylamide

Zennoun

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

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’;

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