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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

school of Mahayana Buddhism, 1727, from Japanese, from Chinese ch'an, ultimately from Sanskrit dhyana "thought, meditation," from PIE root *dheie- "to see, look" (cognates: Greek sema "sign, mark, token"). As an adjective from 1881.


a. 1 (context religion English) Pertaining to this denomination of Buddhism 2 (context colloquial English) extremely relaxed and collected alt. (context religion English) A denomination of Buddhism n. (context religion English) A denomination of Buddhism

Zen (Blake's 7)

Zen is a fictional character from the British science fiction television series Blake's 7. The voice of Zen was provided by Peter Tuddenham (in the new B7 audio series, Zen is voiced by Alistair Lock).

Zen (DJ Krush album)

is the sixth solo album by Japanese underground hip hop producer DJ Krush. It was released in 2001.

Zen (disambiguation)

Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism notable for its emphasis on practice and experiential wisdom.

Zen may also refer to:

Zen (band)

Zen was a Dutch rock band, founded by Siegfried 'Siebe' de Jong (vocals and saxophone) and Dirk van der Ploeg (guitar and vocals) in 1965. Van der Ploeg wrote the lyrics, music and arrangements. The hippie-oriented one hit wonder band hit the top spot on the Dutch Top 40 singles chart in January 1969, with their version of the theme from the musical Hair. Their only other single to enter the Dutch Top 40 was "Get Me Down", it peaked at #26 in 1969. After various line-up changes, the band dissolved in 1977. In the 1980s the first incarnation of the band played some reunion concerts.

Zen (portable media player)

The ZEN is a portable media player designed and manufactured by Creative Technology. This flash memory-based player is the de facto successor of the ZEN Vision:M and was announced on August 29, 2007, to be available in capacities of 2, 4, 8, and 16 GB, as of September 14. A 32 GB model was announced on December 4, 2007, setting a record for storage capacity among flash players.

The player has a width of , a height of and is thick, making it the slimmest Creative portable media player and the second slimmest Creative player of any type (other than the discontinued MuVo Slim) at the time of its release. Because of its dimensions, the ZEN is advertised to be the "size of a credit card". This is the first Creative player to have a SD card slot (enabling the support of SD and SDHC cards; an optional adapter is needed for microSD and miniSD cards), support for DRM free iTunes-encoded AAC (in a ".m4a" extension), as well as a truecolor TFT LCD display.

Zen (2007 film)

Zen is a 2007 drama-horror film written and directed by Gary Davis. Filmed in Florida, it was released and screened at a Boynton Beach, Florida cinema on April 12, 2007. The DVD was released in North America on April 13, 2007.

ZEN (Palermo)

Zona Espansione Nord, also known as ZEN or San Filippo Neri, is an economically deprived quarter on the northern outskirts of Palermo, Sicily. It is located in the VII municipality and has a population of around 16,000 people. It was constructed in 1969, under the design by architect Vittorio Gregotti, and it consists of bleak, multi-storied housing projects, most of which are in a state of dilapidation. As a result of rampant unemployment, poverty, high school drop-out rate and marginalization of the residents, ZEN has become notorious for its crime, juvenile delinquency, and social degradation. The architect Massimiliano Fuksas proposed its demolition, together with other similar structures in Italy, such as the Corviale in Rome.

In 1997, ZEN changed its name to San Filippo Neri, but most Palermitans refer to it by its former name. Italian director Marco Risi used ZEN as the setting for his 1990 film Ragazzi fuori, which depicted the social problems and lack of opportunities faced by the unemployed youth of ZEN.

Zen (Zazie album)

Zen is a 1995 album recorded by French pop singer Zazie. It was her second studio album and was released on 7 January 1995. The album achieved success in francophone countries and provided five singles (two of them were only released as promotional singles): "Larsen" (#38 in France), "Zen" (#23 in France) and "Un point c'est toi" (#24 in France).

Zen (2009 film)

"Zen" is a 2009 film directed by Banmei Takahashi and starring Nakamura Kantarō II as Dogen, and Yuki Uchida as Orin.

The film is a biography of Dōgen Zenji (19 January 1200 – 22 September 1253), a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher. After travelling to China to study, Dogen founded the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan. The Buddhist Film Foundation described it as "a poignant, in-depth, reverent and surprisingly moving portrait of Eihei Dogen."

ZEN (department store)

ZEN Department Store ( Thai: เซน ดีพาร์ทเมนท์ สโตร์; Simplified Chinese: 先; Pinyin: Xiān) is an upmarket Thai department store chain with branches in Thailand and China it is owned by Central Group.

Zen (Chinese band)

Zen is a Hong Kong rock music band that was signed by Warner Bros. Records and had its debut album in 1995. They disbanded in 2000 and re-formed in 2005.

Zen (software)

Zen, sold as Tencho no Igo (, literally Zenith Go) in Japan, is a Go playing engine developed by Yoji Ojima , a Japanese Go programmer.


Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty as Chan Buddhism. It was strongly influenced by Taoism, and developed as a distinguished school of Chinese Buddhism. From China, Chan Buddhism spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and east to Japan, where it became known as Japanese Zen.

Zen emphasizes rigorous self-control, meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.

The teachings of Zen include various sources of Mahayana thought, especially Yogachara, the Tathāgatagarbha sūtras and the Huayan school, with their emphasis on Buddha-nature, totality, and the Bodhisattva-ideal. The Prajñāpāramitā literature and, to a lesser extent, Madhyamaka have also been influential in the shaping of the "paradoxical language" of the Zen-tradition.

Zen (TV series)

Zen is a British television series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the BBC, co-produced with WGBH Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series, Mediaset and ZDF. It stars Rufus Sewell and Caterina Murino and is based on the Aurelio Zen detective novels by Michael Dibdin. The series was filmed on location in Italy, but the dialogue is in English. The series, which comprises three 90-minute films, was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sunday evenings from 2 January 2011 on BBC One. The three films were based on the books Vendetta, Cabal and Ratking. The series was cancelled by BBC One in February 2011; BBC One controller Danny Cohen later said there were already enough male crime-fighters on TV. Left Bank, the show's producer, tried to find other broadcasters to fund another series but were unsuccessful.

Zen (microarchitecture)

Zen is the codename for an upcoming computer processor microarchitecture from AMD, expected for release in early 2017. Designed from scratch rather than being an overhaul of AMD's long-standing Bulldozer architecture, the 14 nm architecture and its new AM4 socket will be the basis of the upcoming generation of AMD's high-end CPUs codenamed "Summit Ridge" with availability starting in 2017. Zen derived Opteron server processors are expected in the second quarter of 2017, and Zen based APUs are expected to follow in the second half of 2017.

While the series of "Bristol Ridge" APUs, released in May 2016, was one last iteration of the Bulldozer architecture, it already utilized the AM4 socket, embracing DDR4 support. With the creation of Zen, the differences and issues present with previous sockets were removed due to Zen being more SoC-like in nature, making it possible to integrate a wide array of components and controllers (which would previously differentiate sockets) into the processors themselves, removing the need for different types of motherboards and sockets to support them and instead allowing Zen chips to be unified under a single AM4 socket.

Usage examples of "zen".

The heat on this day was the same at both the Zen temple in Amagasaki and the camp at Shimo Toba.

No man could look at her in the light, or feel her in the dark, and still keep his lance atilt for zina.

Third, Bruno himself stuck in said inn for the rest of the day while his passenger goes off with a young Austrian witness to pursue his investigations -finally cracks up under the dour cloud of graceless silence and the glares of loathing lasered his way by the locals, and finally freaks out completely at a cafe where he and Zen stop on the way back down the mountain, screaming action ably offensive abuse at the stocky, stolid Teutonic blockheads who have made his life and those of all his fellow recruits a misery for months on end.

He broke off as a party of about a doZen entered the establishment, laughing and chatting loudly, filed past Bruno and Zen and took their places at the large table that had been assembled at the back of the room.

The protrusions of natural rocks like Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak to the north or South Mountain to the south turned the whole valley into a Zen garden maintained by giants.

The daybed may have been a rare work from the studio of wunderkind furniture designer Ben Zen, but as far as Samantha was concerned, it certainly put the longue in chaise.

Zen Buddhism shows up in the emphasis on hyperconscious awakening in the crewmembers.

British allies, defame the Zen and Kegon churches, and spout outlawed Communist propaganda all in three sentences.

Baghdad, and it was time for me to say farewell to all three of my zina partners: to Moth and Shams and my story-made Shams.

The story is set in China, when Buddhism had become popular over there and the Zen and Tendai sects were large and strong.

Security, the legendary Carl Linga William Eiheji, Zen archer, watercolorist, karate master, philosopher, former flyer, and flower arranger.

As for more mundane tests, we have a rather sophisticated Zener cards machine, and other similar devices based broadly on the work of J.

Five were the traditional Zener cards depicting circle, square, cross, star and waves.

According to their tradition Kashiapa, the first Zen patriarch, imparted the secret to Ananda, who in turn passed it on to successive patriarchs until it reached Bodhi-Dharma, the twenty-eighth.

The room is bare except for a central alcove in which, behind the altar, is a statue of Bodhi Dharma, the founder of the sect, or of Sakyamuni attended by Kashiapa and Ananda, the two earliest Zen patriarchs.