Meaning

Primary

Zen Temple

Word Type

noun

Explanation

A zen temple is just what it sounds like, a zen temple. Sounds nice.

Reading

ぜんでら
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)
ぜんじ
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is the two words and put together. The てら gets changed to でら, though.

In terms of when it's pronounced ぜんじ, if you put this word onto the end of the name of a 禅寺 the pronunciation changes to ぜんじ. It makes sense - it's more like a jukugo word that way (not that the original isn't, but you can see the separation of words coming together which gives the hint that it's a kun'yomi combo reading). Anyways, you may need a zen temple to keep your mind pure enough to remember this, but it's a good thing to keep in mind if you can.

Context

Context Sentences

あの禅寺の名前は何だっけ?

What's the name of that Zen temple, again?

あの禅寺、さいむちょうかの会社のかぶに投しをして、痛い目にあったらしいよ。

I read somewhere that that Zen temple invested in the stocks of a company with excessive liabilities and they had a dreadful experience.

天龍寺という、十四世紀に京都市西部に建てられた禅寺が好きです。

The Tenryū-ji is a Zen temple I like that was built in the 14th century in western Kyoto.

Kanji Composition