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1727, from Japanese, said to mean literally "spiritual awakening."


n. (context Zen Buddhism English) A sudden inexpressible feeling of inner understanding or enlightenment.


n. (Zen Buddhism) a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment


(; o; ) is a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening, "comprehension; understanding". It is derived from the Japanese verb satoru.

In the Zen Buddhist tradition, satori refers to the experience of kenshō, "seeing into one's true nature". Ken means "seeing," shō means "nature" or "essence."

Satori and kenshō are commonly translated as enlightenment, a word that is also used to translate bodhi, prajna and buddhahood.

Satori (band)

Satori started in 2005 as a side project for Steve Borth, former saxophonist for Rx Bandits. The band released Savor Every Moment in 2005 on Asian Man Records. Other musicians on the album included other Rx Bandits members Matt Embree (guitar, backup vocals), Chris Tsagakis (drums), Chris Sheets (trombone), and Steve Choi (keyboards) with Borth taking saxophone and lead vocal duties. In June 2006, Borth left Rx Bandits to focus his attention to Satori.

With help from friends in the current reggae, ska and dub scene, including Members of The Soul Captives, The Chris Murray Combo, Howards Alias and Westbound Train, Satori has produced 2 albums, and will soon release a third.

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Satori (Schmidt novel)

Satori is a science fiction novel written by Dennis Schmidt. It is the third part of four in the Kensho series of novels.

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Satori (folklore)

in Japanese folklore are supernatural monsters (" yōkai") said to live within the mountains of Hida and Mino (presently Gifu Prefecture), and able to read people's minds.

People are said to meet them while walking along mountain paths or resting in the mountains. Upon reading a person's mind, the satori would say the person's thoughts aloud faster than a human could. There is also a theory that they are the child incarnations of mountain gods who have come to ruin and turned into a yōkai form.

They would appear before people at mountain huts, and are even said to try to eat and kill if they have a chance, but if something unexpectedly strikes the satori, they become stricken with fear due to fact that something unexpected occurred, and run away. There is also a theory that they do not present any danger to people and would not dare to harm those who work on the mountain, allowing people to coexist with satori.

A satori is depicted in Toriyama Sekien's Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki, but since this was modeled after the yamako in the Wakan Sansai Zue and other works, and since it even said, "there are yamako deep in the mountains of Hida and Mino" in the text along with it, it is said that Toriyama Sekien gave it the name "satori" since they are able to read (satoru) people's minds. The yamako was an ape man from Chinese legends, but in the Wakan Sansai Zue, it was an animal that read people's minds in Hida and Mino, and since the character 玃 can also be pronounced "kaku," the character 覚 (also "kaku") was used as one that fit for a replacement, which was later misread as "satori," so there is the interpretation that this is what gave birth to the legend of "satori" as a different kind of yokai than the yamako. There is also the theory that satori are based on the yamabiko found in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki and the Hyakkai Zukan and other collections, but according to the folklorist Kunio Yanagita, from his work "Yokai Dangi," the folklore that satori would read people's minds, and the legend that yamabiko would imitate people's voices have the same origin.

Satori (Flower Travellin' Band album)

Satori is the second album by Japanese rock band Flower Travellin' Band, and their first of original material. It was released in Japan by Atlantic Records in 1971 and in the US and Canada by GRT Records.

Satori (Canadian album)

Satori was the title of an LP released by Flower Travellin' Band in Canada. It featured tracks from the original Japanese release of Satori, Made In Japan, and an additional track only available on the Canadian single release of Satori. The songs featured from Satori were remixed and edited considerably. The album was produced by Paul Hoffert of Lighthouse.

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Satori (Lee Konitz album)

Satori is a jazz album by saxophonist Lee Konitz. It was originally released in 1975 on Milestone label as MSP 9060 and remastered in 1997. The album features some classic jazz standards besides other experimental compositions such as "Satori". Three of the seven tracks are Konitz compositions.

Satori (Winslow novel)

Satori is a historical novel by Don Winslow about the love of a man and a woman who practise the oldest professions of the world. The novel is a prequel to Trevanian's novel Shibumi and features the same protagonist, assassin Nicholaï Hel.

Satori (I the Mighty album)

Satori is the debut major label album, second overall (as they released We Speak in 2010), from American rock band I the Mighty, released on June 11, 2013 through Equal Vision Records. The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Charts.

Satori (disambiguation)

Satori is a Japanese term from Zen-Buddhism.

Satori may refer to:

  • Satori (band), a dub/reggae band from Bay area, California
  • Satori (Flower Travellin' Band album), 1971
    • Satori (Canadian album), the Canadian version of the album
  • Satori (folklore), the legendary creature
  • Satori (Lee Konitz album), 1974
  • Satori (Schmidt novel), a 1981 science fiction novel by Dennis Schmidt
  • Satori (Winslow novel), a 2011 historical novel by Don Winslow
  • For fictional characters
    • Satori (One Piece), the One Piece character
    • Satori Komeiji, the Touhou Project character
    • Nova Satori, the Robotech character
    • Satori Deacon, a character in PS238

Usage examples of "satori".

It had been quenched in the blood of Lord Satoris himself and was strong enough to shatter mortal steel.

It started off with Coughlin and me, drunk now, walking arm in arm down the main drag of town carrying huge, almost impossibly huge flowers of some kind we'd found in a garden, and a new jug of wine, shouting haikus and hoos and satoris at everybody we saw in the street and everybody was smiling at us.