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A Zen glossary
Category: People and society > Zen
Date & country: 11/11/2007, UK
Words: 530


Acalanatha
see Fufo myo o

ajari
master or teacher, senior of five years standing.

Amida Butsu
Amitabha Buddha

Amida kyo
Sukhavati vyuha (Skt) one of the three important -scriptures of the Pure Land School

Amida Nyorai
Amitabha Buddha

ango
90 to 100 day summer training period for monks

angura
loose cross legged sitting position ( not full or half-lotus )

angyo
'going on foot' Zen pilgrimage

Anja
Assistant to Abbot's personal : Jiisha

Arakan
Arhat

Asgura
Asura, 'Titans'

Avatanasaka Sutra
see Kegon kyo

banka
evening sutra recitation

banka zoji
cleaning monastery after evening sutra recitation

Bato Kannon
Kannon with a fierce face and horse's head in-the crown

Batto
Lecture Hall

bessu
white ceremonial footwear for Soto ceremony

Biko
monk

Bikuni
nun

Birushana-Birushanofu
see Dainich Nyorai-Vairochana Bodhisattva the-'All Illuminating One'

Bo
Priest, or residence of priest

bodai
(=Bodhi Skt.)Buddha wisdom

Bodaidaruma
Bodhidarma

Bommo kyo
(=Brahamajala Skt.) Sutra containing the 10 main and 48 lesser precepts of the Mahayana = 'Sutra of Brahma's Net'

bonpu nu joshijki
ordinary consciousness

bonsho
large bronze bell outside the dojo (not in town temples)

Bonten
the Hindu god Brahma; the lowest of the four dhyana-heavens

Bosatsu
Bodhisattva

bosatsu kai
Bodhisattva precepts

Bukkyo
Buddhism

Buppo
Buddha nature

Bushido
'Way of the Warrior' or Samurai

bushin in
Buddha mind seal, sign of correct transmission

bussho
Buddha nature-one's own true nature

Butasuda
Buddha

Butsu
Buddha

butsudan
Buddhist alter shrine, a small model of which most Japanese Buddhists have at home, with a figure of Buddha or Bodhisattva, a tablet with the names of family dead; offerings of food and flowers are made in memory of the dead and Sutras are chanted before it.

Butsudanda Ryo o
one of the dragon kings, deities who bring rain and protect the dharma

Butsuden
Buddha Hall enshrining the main religious image of a Zen temple

Butsudo
the Buddha Way

Butsugen
the Eye of the Buddha

butzuzo
Buddha image

byodo kan
'view of sameness', all things are identical in their-Buddha nature

byodo no sekai
undivided world of sameness and intuition

cha
tea

chado
'the way of tea'

Chanoyu
the Tea Ceremony

Chaseki
Tea House

Chashitsu
Tea House

chi e
insight from meditation

Chidoron
see Daichidoron

Chiji
the officers under the Abbot in charge of running the -temple

chikusho
beasts

choka
morning recitation of sutras

chudo
the Middle Way

chukai
'taking off the robes', rest period between periods of practice

chutai
fundamental unity, non duality

Cosmic Buddha
see Dainichi Nyori, also another term for the Eternal, Dharmkaya, Buddhahood

dai fushi
'great inflexible resolve'

dai gedsatsu
'great liberation', enlightenment

dai hon zan
great head temple, main temples of a school

Daibutsuji
Great Buddha Temple, former name of Eiheiji temple, founded by Dogen.

Daichidoron
the Mahaprajnaparamita Shastra, discourses on the-Great Wisdom Scriptures

daigo tettei
complete enlightenment

Daihishin Dharani
the Littany of the Great Compassionate One, a -scripture addressed to Kanzeon Bosatsu

daiji
compassion, loving kindness towards all living beings

Daijo
Mahayana Buddhism

daijo kai
rules/precepts of Mahayana Buddhists

daikensho
a 'great opening' leaving no doubt

Daikoku ten = Mahakala (skst)
Kitchen guardian representing gratitude and abundance; usually depicted smiling and carrying bags full of rice

Dainichi Nyorai
the Cosmic Buddha Vairocana, the All Illuminating One.

Daiosho
'great priest', honorific title of Zen Master

daisan
interview with Zen instuctor

daishi
'great death' of the ego leading to enlightenment

Daishi
'great master'-posthumous title

Daruma
Bodhidharma : first Chinese Zen Patriarch

Daruma sojo
'the Dharma succession', the Zen lineage of Masters

datsuma or ho
dharma

den
hall, temple building

den'e or denne or den I
'handing on the robe', = dharma succession

Denko roku
'Transmission of Light' by Japanese Zen Master Keizan Jikin 1268 1325

Dennan
altar attendant

densho
large bell to announce service

Densuryo
office in charge of the Buddha Hall

Dento roku
'Transmission of the Lamp' by Chinese Zen Master (?)

Dera
temple

Do
the Way, = Dharma

Doan
person who hits bells and gongs in temple

Dogen
[1200 1253]founder of Soto Zen in Japan, wrote Shobogenzo

dojo
meditation centre/room

Dokkaku
self enlightened Pratyekabuddha

dokusan
private, face to face interview with a roshi at set times [ = sanzen in Rinzai tradition ]

dokusan shitsu
interview room

Donai
Zendo

Doshi
leader or master

egen
Eye of Widom

eko
chant 'the line of sucession'

en'yu santai
the Middle way, the perfect harmony of the three truths :

Engaku
self enlightened Pratyekabuddha

enji
law of cause and effect ; karma