Glossary

Here we use English unless there's good reason not to.  These are some of the non-English, practice-related words one will hear at the CZC:

    Daisan: One-on-one meeting with a senior student concerning one's practice and practice-related concerns

    Dokusan: One-on-one meeting with the teacher concerning one's practice, koan work, and the confirmation of insight

    Gassho: Hands held palm-to-palm, depending on the context accompanied by a bow

    Han: The wooden block that is struck before formal rounds, teisho or chanting

    Inkin Bell: The bell that is used to mark time and movement

    Kentan: Morning inspection/greeting of the zendo by the teacher/monitor

    Kesu: Metal bowl gongs used during chanting and other services

    Kinhin: Walking meditation

    Kyosaku: The flattened, wooden "encouragement" stick

    Mokugyo: Wooden "fish" drum used to keep time during chanting

    Rakusu: The abbreviated robe of the Buddha worn about the neck

    Teisho: The formal talk of a Zen teacher

    Umpan: Gong sounded for meals

    Zazen: Seated meditation

    Zendo: Meditation Hall

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