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meaning: Zen, meditation

座禅 == zazen == (noun) Zen meditation
禅寺 ==  zendera == (noun) Zen temple

Left radical is a radical form of 'altar/of the gods'. Right radical is 'simple' (単), which acts phonetically to express 'clear land'. This character originally referred to clearing land to build an altar. The meaning of Zen Buddhism may be borrowed, or may refer to the 'simple' nature of Zen. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Zen entails simple meditation at altar.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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