1. Zen

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


  • Zen Buddhism


  • 禅 (Japanese)
  • 禅那 (Late Middle Chinese)

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Rhymes with Zen

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  • tienanmen
  • sebastiane
  • patrolmen
  • )end-the-paren
  • councilmen
  • (left-paren
  • handymen
  • comedienne
  • )close-paren
  • vannguyen
  • )right-paren
  • madeleine
  • knin
  • georgienne
  • )end-paren
  • asean
  • anchormen
  • teng-wen
  • sheng-fen
  • sdn
  • salmen
  • pitchmen
  • phenfen
  • ming-jen
  • magten
  • lpn
  • dufresne
  • courchesne
  • cnn

How do you pronounce zen?

Pronounce zen as zɛn.

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Sentences with zen

1. Noun, singular or mass
For a tabletop zen garden, choose a shallow tray that is about half an inch deep.

2. Proper noun, singular
When placing elements in the zen garden, consider two Japanese concepts: kanso and fukinsei.

3. Adjective
The most relaxing activity associated with this zen garden is raking the sand.

Quotes about zen

1. I think that that's why artists make art - it is difficult to put into words unless you are a poet. What it takes is being open to the flow of universal creativity. The Zen artists knew this.
- Alex Grey

2. Fighting for one's freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.
- Maya Angelou

3. I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.
- Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

2. Zen

noun. street name for lysergic acid diethylamide.


  • dot
  • superman
  • Elvis
  • acid
  • loony toons
  • Lucy in the sky with diamonds
  • window pane
  • lysergic acid diethylamide
  • back breaker
  • LSD
  • pane
  • dose


  • pleasant
  • sweet
  • amphoteric
  • alkaline


  • 禅 (Japanese)
  • 禅那 (Late Middle Chinese)

3. Zen

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


  • Zen Buddhism
  • Zen Buddhist


  • 禅 (Japanese)
  • 禅那 (Late Middle Chinese)