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Kenshō (literally, "awareness"), is a term in Japanese Zen Buddhism used to refer to a moment of enlightenment. The term is quite broad, and can refer to anything from a fleeting moment of recognition to a profound and permanent enhancement of consciousness. Nevertheless, the term kenshō usually refers to a level of enlightenment of an order somewhat lower than true satori (complete and total realization of the unity of internal "self" and external "world").

Various levels of kenshō can occur within a variety of contexts, whether gradually as part of an extended course of training and and practice, or as a sudden and unexpected moment of realization such as is frequently depicted in tales about Zen kōans.

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