The Japanese word Zen: in Romaji Zen, in Hiragana ぜん and in Kanji 禅/禪 is derived from the chinese word Chán, which is originally derived form the Sanskrit word dhyāna ध्यान, which means Meditation.

In the following photography Kokoro is represented:




There is another interesting and important usage of xin/shin/kokoro in Zen literature, as illustrated in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, when Shunryu Suzuki Roshi says,

The mind which is always on your side is not just your mind, it is universal mind, always the same, not different from another’s mind. It is Zen mind. It is big, big mind. This mind is whatever you see—this mind is at the same time everything.

From Daisetz T. Suzuki, El Zen y la Cultura Japonesa, Capítulo V: El Zen y la Esgrima (I), p. 87:

En un alma (kokoro) absolutamente libre

de pensamientos y emociones,

ni siquiera los tigres encuentran lugar

donde hincar sus garras

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