Škola budizma, pravac u japanskom budizmu koji strpljivim meditiranjem (razmišljanjem) nastoji postići delotvornu životnu snagu i najveće samosavlađivanje, kako bi se i na taj način sjedinio s Budom. (sanskrt.)
Form of Buddhism introduced from India to Japan via China in the 12th century. Koan (paradoxical questions), tea-drinking, and sudden enlightenment are elements of Zen practice. Soto Zen was spread by the priest Dogen (1200–1253), who emphasized work, practice, discipline, and philosophical questions to discover one’s Buddha-nature in the “realization of self”.
1. Doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight; Also called: Zen Buddhism.
2. School of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan; Also called: Zen Buddhism.