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Zen vs. Zendo — What's the Difference?

Zen vs. Zendo — 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").

Zendo

A hall at a Zen buddhist monastery where formal seated meditation (zazen) is practiced.

Zen

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

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.

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.
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Zen

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

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++...

Zen

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

Zen

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

Zen

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

Zen

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

Zen

Street name for lysergic acid diethylamide

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