posted April 12, 2022 12:31 PM
Definitions for uncommon words used in my Lexigram.
Noun 1. elan - a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
ardor, ardour, zeal
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
2. elan - distinctive and stylish elegance; "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"
dash, panache, flair, style
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
3. elan - enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness; "a performance of great elan and sophistication"
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/elan
ardor: a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
dash: distinctive and stylish elegance; "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"
enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness; "a performance of great elan and sophistication"
Another unfamilar word to some folks:
Definitions of koan on the Web:
A paradoxical, and often senseless, question posed in Ch’an Buddhism to aid in meditation. “What is the sound of one hand clapping” is a well known koan. www.reasoned.org/glossary.htm
(Japanese) A technical term used in Zen Buddhism referring to enigmatic or paradoxical questions used by teachers to develop students’ intuition. Also refers to religious problems encountered in daily life. www.thebuddhistsociety.org/resources/Glossary.html
the "Zen problem" or a Zen "story" or a theme of Zazen to be made clear. The word "koan" literally means "public document or case" www.hyattcarter.com/coming_to_terms.htm
(Japanese) A paradoxical anecdote or story; used to bring Zen students to realization and to help clarify their enlightenment. www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/glossary_fk.htm
a type of riddles used in Zen Buddhism in the form of questions or statements that defy conventional logic. Their purpose is to defeat the conditioned mind and open us up to one's original "Buddha nature" -- enlightenment. www.storytellingmonk.org/ref/glossaries/k.htm
A riddle with no logical answer used in the Rinzai sect of Zen to confound the conscious mind and allow the aspirant to achieve spontaneous insight. (Japanese)
In Zen, a koan is a sort of word puzzle, assigned to students by their master. Strictly speaking, koans are not riddles, in that a riddle is a word puzzle which can, however tortuously, be solved rationally. Koans are intentionally beyond the power of the mind to solve. Their purpose is to force an intuitive leap which carries the student beyond the rational plane to an enlightened state, even if initially only for a moment. ... www.zoofence.com/define04.html
A seemingly paradoxical riddle or statement that is used as a training device in Zen practice to force the mind to abandon logic and dualistic thought. www.geocities.com/mokuraibozu/buddhist_glossary.html
(jap.) - In Zen a Koan is usually a part taken out of a Sutra, a talk about the Zen Experience or an episode out of the life of ancient masters. The heart of each Koan is the Paradoxon that goes beyond the normal way of thinking. The Koan is no "riddle" and cannot be solved intellectually; a solution is only possible when reaching the other shore www.khm.de/~fabian/ensoenglishglossar.html
In Zen Buddhism, a question that cannot be answered logically; a technique used to test consciousness and bring awakening.
a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
A koan is a story, dialog, question, or statement in the history and lore of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet that may be accessible to Intuition. Koans are often used by Zen practitioners as objects of meditation to induce an experience of enlightenment or realization, and by Zen teachers as testing questions when a student wishes to validate their experience of enlightenment.
Kōan is the reading of two different Japanese eras, each using different kanji. The First (弘安 lasted from 1278-1288, while the second (康安 was an era of the Northern Court lasting from 1361-1362
Kōan (弘安 was a Japanese era name after Kenji and before Shōō and spanned from 1278 to 1288. Reigning emperors were Go-Uda and Fushimi.
Kōan (康安 was a Japanese era of the Northern Court during the Era of Northern and Southern Courts after Embun and before Jōji and lasting from 1361 to 1362. Reigning Emperors were Go-Murakami in the south and Go-Kōgon in the north.
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