Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun zen_buddhism

2 senses of zen buddhism

Sense 1
Zen, Zen Buddhism -- (school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan)
       => Buddhism -- (a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha)

Sense 2
Zen, Zen Buddhism -- (a Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight)
       => Buddhism -- (the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth)

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