Today’s Word of the Day is za-zen (ZAH-ZEN) which is a noun and is defined as
1) meditation in a prescribed, cross-legged posture.
They told me that before he left he had paced the floor nervously for several days; that he had been doing za zen on his mat for about nine hours a day; that he’d gotten into a quarrel over religion with a Jehovah’s Witness on his shift as a night watchman.
– Shulamith Firestone , Airless Spaces , 1998
I stared at the glow of the cigarette as if in za-Zen , open-eyed meditation.
– Michael Gurian , An American Mystic , 2000
Za-zen comes from the Japanese word za meaning “seat, seated” and zen , which originally comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “thought, meditation.”