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


isshi injo
the training of a Zen student by a single Master

issho jobutsu
the attainment of Buddhahood in one human lifetime

ittai
'one truth', the goal of training

itto
unity

jakujo
complete inner 'stillness [and] peace'

ji
suffix after name = temple or monastery

jigoku
hell

jihatsu
set of formal bowls for meals or begging bowl

jihi
compassion

jiisha
priest constantly with Abbot or a senior who can help, but is not a servant, often the future Abbot

Jijo
attendant or assistant chaplain at services (carries incense box)

jikido
officiant who keeps time during zazen

jikijitsu
head monk in Rinzai sect, director of Zendo

jikishi ninshin
'direct pointing to the heart' without dualistic thought or action

jikko
assistant jiisha

jin
body

jippo
ten dirctions; the whole cosmos

jiriki
'one's own power', endeavouring to attain enlightenment through one's own efforts rather than those of others

jisha
attendant; Zen Master's personal attendant monk

Jisharyo
attendant's office attached to a Zendo

jisho
'self nature', Buddha nature

Jizo
Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva of benevolence and mercy, the saviour of all beings during the time between the death of Shakyamuni and the birth of Maitreya; protector of women and children; depicted as a priest with shaven head and robes carrying a begging bowl.

jo
samadhi, zazen

Jodo
Pure Land Buddhism

Jodo
festival of the attainment of Buddhahood on 8th December; a Zen ceremony where the Abbot ascends to the high alter to be tested in mondo (questions and answers), one of the kessai ceremonies

Jodo Shinsu
Shin Buddhism

Jodo shu
Pure Land sect

Jodomon
Pure Land teaching

Jogo ten
fourth heaven in the world of form; the personification of the world

Joju
office quarters of monastery where the business side of the Zendo is conducted

joriki
meditaion power

Joshu Jushin
Chao chou Ts'ung shen (ch.) 788 897CE Zen master famous for Koan 'Mu'

ju
stage; the ten stages of the Bodhisattva

ju or juko
eulogy, poetic expression of wisdom, gatha Skt.

ju riki
the ten fields of knowledge of a Buddha

Jugyo nozu
the Ten Ox herding Pictures (analogy for stages of practice/enlightenment)

Juichimen Kannon
Kannon with eleven faces

juji
the ten stages of developing Buddha wisdom

Jukai
Zendo monitor who uses kyosaku

Jukai
festival when trainees and lay Buddhists take/renew precepts

Jukai Sesshin
week retreat when lay trainees take/renew precepts

Jukai Tokudo
lay ordinataion, becoming a lay Buddhist

Jukyo
Confucianism

juni zuda
see zuda gyo

Jushi
see Miroku

Kabira
Kapilavastu in India

kado
way of flowers, = ikebana

kafu
'household air'

kai
precepts

Kaidan
ordination hall

Kaidan seki
'Kaidan stone' tablet at the front of a Zen monastery which says 'meat, fish, alcohol prohibited'

kaigen
'opening the eye', experience of awakening or consecration of a statue

kaijo
'opening of silence', striking wooden block or gong to awaken monks in the morning or to mark the end of a period of sitting meditation

Kaimyo
'Buddhist precept name' given by a Master on the initiation of a student

Kaisan
'mountain founder', term for founder of a monastery, posthumous title for temple founder

Kaisando
hall where founder's relics are kept

kaiseki
a light meal

Kan shiketsu
'dry shit stick', one attached to the world of appearances

Kanin
the Chief Administrator of a temple

kanno doko
'mutual exchange of feeling', direct and immediate non dualistic communication between Master and student

Kasho = Makakshyo
Kasyapa disciple of the Buddha

Katsu or khatz
an exclamation with no exact meaning

Kegon kyo
Avatamsaka Sutra, 'Flower Garland Sutra', believed to be the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha in the 3 weeks following His enlightenment

Keisan Jokin
[1267 1325]founder of Dai Hon Zen Sojiji, dharma successor of Dogen, wrote Denkroku, Zazen yojinki, Kyojukaimon and most of the Soto Zen ceremonials

keisu
bowl shaped gong used during chanting

kekka fuza
full lotus position for sitting meditation

kendo
'the way of the sword' martial art

kensho
'seeing into one's true nature' ; the opening of the-Buddha eye; not as deep as satori

kensho godo
Satori awakening

kentan
'looking at the tan', a round made by the Master to check rows of practitioners during zazen

kesa
full outer robe of a priest or monk; robe as symbol of transmission from Master to successor

kesa bunko
box in which kesa is kept

kessai
series of ceremonies performed when a trainee achieves rank of Chief Junior (shusosho)

ketai
actual perceptible forms of all existence

ketchimyaku
'Blood Line' unbroken lineage from master to disciple

ketsuge
'beginning the summer', the first day of anga

kikai
'sea energy' = tanden

kinhin
walking meditation, mindful walking

Kissako
'drink tea', Zen life is not something special separated from daily life

ko
a long period of time, kalpa Skt.

Ko
Confucius

koan
(=kung an Ch.) 'public document' or 'standard'; a formulation or story pertaining to the ultimate truth; cannot be solved by logic

koh
incense

kokoro kanashiku
the grief of the heart

Kongo kyo
Diamond Sutra

koso
'great monk'

kotsu
a roshi's baton or stick about 15' long

koza
discourse on a Zen textbook, = teisho

ku
Sunyata, emptiness, void, vacuity

Kuin
Kitchen

Kuo Butsu
Dharmagahana Bhyudgata Raja (Skt) : a Buddha mentioned in the Lotus Sutra who taught the understanding of the Absolute

kusen
oral teaching during Zazen

kutai
the nonsubstantial nature of all phenomena, manifest for example in the blossoming of flowers or the speech of humans

kutsujum
fine textured cloth resembling cotton, Bodhidharma's kesa was made of it

kyo
sutra or teaching;' a thread on which jewels are strung '

kyosaku or keisaku
long wooden stick applied to shoulders to encourage zazen practice; person administering kyosaku and other duties

Kyudo
Zen archery

kyuge betsuden
'special transmission outside the teaching', transmission from mind to mind

kyuhai
ninefold prostration

Makakashyo
Kasyapa the disciple of the Buddha