From Japanese 座禅, from 座 ‘sitting’ + 禅 ‘meditation’.
zazen (uncountable) A form of seated meditation in Zen Buddhism. 1985, Lawrence Durrell, Quinx, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1226: They had sent out scouts to try and locate the original cave where the practice of Zazen was first initiated. 1992, Donna Tartt, The Secret History: In the practice of Zen there is an exercise called zazen – similar, I think, to the Theravedic practice of vipassana. One sits facing a blank wall. No matter the emotion one feels, no matter how strong or violent, one remains motionless. Facing the wall. The discipline, of course, is in continuing to sit.
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