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Kenshō is the Japanese Buddhist syncretic with Realization of Self. Kensho means "seeing" while shō means"nature/essence".[1] Thus, Kenshō is seeing one's essential self or Spiritual Ego. The term is generally used equivalent to Satori, but used to refer to a minor glimpse of self, or minor apprehension of truth, at the beginning of an aspirants journey.

Related and Syncretic Terms

Zen Buddhism > Ansho no zen, Ashi, Daigo, Dharma, Japam, Kensho, Mushi-dokugo, Original Face, Satori, Shogo, Shukkejin, Sufism, Yako Zen, Zaikejin, Zanmai, Zazen

LP > Connection > Connection Experience > Awakening Experience > (Glimpse, Happiness, Initiation Experience)

List of Connection Outcomes

Connection Outcomes > Absolute Sensation, Activation, Alignment, Altered State of Consciousness, Ananda, Arendi, Ascension, Awakening, Beatific Vision, Bliss, Bodhisattva, Breakthrough, Buddha Mind, Center, Christ Consciousness, Clarification of Consciousness, Clarity, Connection Psychosis, Consciousness of Presence, Cosmic Bliss, Cosmic Consciousness, Cosmic Religious Feeling, Daigo, Dark Night of the Soul, Direct Mental Interaction With Living Systems, Dissonance, Déjà vu, ESP, Ecstasy, Egoic Collapse, Egoic Explosion, Emotional Cleansing, Emotional Satisfaction, Enhanced Creativity, Enhanced Intellectual Function, Enhanced Psychological Function, Enlightenment, Epiphany, Existential Terrors, Expansion of Meaning, Experience of Admixture, Feeling of Immortality, Flooding, Forgiveness of Sins, Gifts of the Spirit, Glimpse, Gnosis, Happiness, Healing, Improved Relationships... further results


Kensho typically refers to an initial or early Awakening experience, and not perfected Connection. Satori refers to a deeper, more significant, more permanent realization of Self

The poem I Am/We Are is an expression of Kensho, the initial realization that one's true identity arises from the Spiritual Ego.