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Here we use English terms unless there's good reason not to (e.g., since zabuton simply means sitting mat, we just say mat).  Still, there are limits to some translations, and below are some of the non-English, practice-related words one will hear at the Chicago Zen Center:

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, and, 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 review and greeting of the zendo by the teacher


Kesu:  Metal bowl gongs used during chanting and other services


Kinhin:  Walking meditation


Kyosaku:  The flattened, wooden "encouragement" stick (often, we just say stick)


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

Mok-Tok: Hand-held version of the mokugyo

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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