Ch'an

A school of Chinese Buddhism probably dating to the 6th century that combines Mahayana teachings with those of Taoism to form a belief system emphasizing a meditative rather than an intellectual approach to enlightenment. It is closely related to Zen. The term can also be used to generally refer to meditation in Chinese Buddhism.

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Ch'an
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Chan
Ch'an Buddhism
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A school of Chinese Buddhism probably dating to the 6th century that combines Mahayana teachings with those of Taoism to form a belief system emphasizing a meditative rather than an intellectual approach to enlightenment. It is closely related to Zen. The term can also be used to generally refer to meditation in Chinese Buddhism.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300021993. The J. Paul Getty Trust.