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


Enjudo
'life prolonging room' = infirmary of monastery

enso
the circle, symbol of true reality

enza
'sitting still', = zazen

esho funi
the concept of the indivisibility of living beings from their environment

Fudo myo o
'The Immovable One', one of the Kings of Light; represents the dynamic will to enlightnment which is to be found in the middle of the flames of greed, hatred and delusion

Fugen
Samantabhadra Bodhisattva of Awakening, the active love aspect of the Eternal Buddha, often depicted on a six tusked elephant

Fukanzazengi
Dogen's Zazen rules; 'Rules for meditation'

fukatoku
ungraspable

funzoe
the 7 kinds of rags used for making the kesa

Fusatsu
ceremony to renew vows held twice a month ( = uposatha days of Theravada tradition)

fushi ogami
bow down in worship

fushinzama
community work

fushiryo
not thinking

fusho
'Unborn', true reality

Fusuryo
office where accounts regarding the Zendo life are kept

futon
quilt filled with cotton wool

Futoroku
the Record of the Lamp, compiled by Lei an Cheng shou in 1204

gaitan
front and back porches, meditation platform/corridor outside the meditation hall, trainees sit here if they arrive late for meditation or have a cold

gaki
Hungry ghost, Preta

gaki
hungry ghosts

gassho
gesture ( mudra ) of putting hand together to express respect, reverence, gratitude

ge
verse praising the Buddha, = gatha Skt.

gedappuku
kesa

gedatsu
complete detatchment

gedo zen
the wrong way, zen done solely to gain powers

genjo koan
a koan that appears naturally in daily life

geta
wooden foot gear

geza
'summer sitting', = ango

go
karma

go i
the 'five degrees of Zen of Master Tozan'

go un
the five skhandas

godo
'back hall'; section of meditation hall

godo
head monk ( in Soto sect ), head teacher in the dojo

goseki
'traces of enlightenment' in someone not yet perfectly enlightened ( which leaves no trace ! )

Gosho Zenshu
collected writings of Nichiren Daishonin

gya tei gya tei
'On beyond, together beyond', mantra from the-Heart Sutra

gyo ju za ge
'walking, sitting, lying', Zen practice throughout daily life

Gyo or Gyoji
practice, endless training

haiseki
'bowing seat'

hakama
skirt like garment

hakushi
'white paper', empty state of consciousness which-is a precondition for the experience of awakening

han
hanging wooden block struck to announce start of a period-of Zazen

Hanamatsuri
day of birth of the Buddha :April 8th

hanka fusa
half lotus position

hannya = Prajna (Skt)
Wisdom

Hannya Haramita Shingyo
Heart Sutra, the Scripture of Great Wisdom

hara
region of body just below the navel

Harana
Varanasi in India where Shakyamuni Buddha first taught-after his enlightenment

hashin kyoji
'taking up needles and treating with moxa', days reserved for working, repairing, etc.; renewal days.

hasshodo
noble eight-fold path

Hassu
Dharma successor

hasu
lotus

Hekiganroku
the Blue Cliff Record collection of koans

henro
pilgrim

Hiei Zan
Mount Hiei, Japanese headquarters of Tendai sect

Higan
' the other side', weeks in March and September when people visit Temples and decorate the graves

Hijo
'ten foot square', Abbot's quarters

Hijuri
holy men

Hiparakutsu
cave near Rajagrha where Makakashyo was meditating when Shakyamuni Buddha entered parinirvana

hishiryo
beyond thinking

Ho
Dharma

ho
large wooden fish drum

Hodo
Treasure Hall of temple/monastery

hogen
the Eye of Law

Hojin
(= Sambhogakaya Skt.) Bliss body of Buddha

Hokke kyo Myoho Renge Kyo
Lotus Sutra

Hokkekyo
Lotus Sutra

Hokku kyo
Dharmapada Sutra

hokyo
mirror

Hokyo Zammai
'Most Excellent Mirror Samadhi' scripture written by Tozan Ryokai, one of the Soto Zen founders

homon
'dharma gate', the teaching of the Buddha

Hon'u bussho
'Buddha nature present from the beginning'

Hondo
hall of temple where ceremonies and lectures are held

Honshi
True Master, master who confirms trainees transmission

honzan
main or root monastery of sect

horin
the wheel of the law

hosan
days off

hossen
'Dharma duelling'

Hossen
ceremony where trainee is given rank Chief Junior or Shushosho

hosshin
(= Dharmakaya Skt.) 'Law Body' of Buddha, one's own True Nature

Hotoke
Buddha

hotsugammon
a vow or petition

hussu
fly whisk, a symbol of transmission

ichidaiji
'one great affair' the Buddha's appearance in the world

ichiji fusetsu
'not a single word' was said by the Buddha and Patriarchs describing the ultimate reality

ichijo
the one great vehicle of the Buddha

ichinen fusho
'a thought not arising', consciousness free from deluded thoughts

Igyo Zen
one of the 5 Chinese schools founded by Isan Reiyu

Ihai
wooden memorial tablet with name and date of death written on it

inga
'cause fruit', cause and effect, karma

Inga icharyo
'cause and effect are one'

inka
seal of approval; acknowledgement by a Master that a pupil has completed his/her training

Inka shomei
'legitimate seal of clearly furnished proof'

Inkin
small bowl shaped bell with the cushion beneath it

innen
karma

Ino
head leader of chanting in ceremonies; precentor

inochi
life 'integrity' of a given thing

Inryo
'retreat room' of Roshi

ishin den shin
'from my soul to your soul', i.e. direct transmission

issai shujo
'all sentient beings'