Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Zen - A school of Mahayana Buddhism that asserts that
enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation.
A school or division of Buddhism characterized by techniques
designed to produce enlightenment. In particular, Zen emphasizes
various sorts of meditative practices, which are supposed
to lead the practitioner to a direct insight into the fundamental
character of reality (see KU and MOKUSO). (advdojo)
Although there are many meanings for this word, including
an organization, an energy, and a style of meditation, it
is often associated with a mental state where the intellectual
word-brain is quiet. This can be during empty-mind meditation
or meditation focused on an experience, feeling, or sense
that exists apart from words. (Questikagami).
A style of Buddhism that evolved from the teachings of Bodhidharma,
who came to China in the 6th century. Although meditation
(zazen) is an important part of the practice of Zen, Zen itself
includes every possible form of activity, from martial arts
to flower arranging; from landscape gardening to the tea ceremony.