Zen, or ch’an as it was called originally, is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism that first appeared in China in…

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Zen

A zazenkai (座禅会), literally meaning "to come together for meditation" is a Zen Buddhist retreat that is usually less intensive and of shorter duration than sesshin.…

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Zazenkai

“Total awareness in an upright posture,”or seated meditation, usually on a cushion on the floor. Unlike meditation done in some…

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Zazen

The ‘head of practice’ of a monastery or temple, usually second in command to the Abbot or Head Teacher. The…

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Tanto

A Buddhist canon or scripture regarded as having been spoken by the Buddha., The chanting of sutras can at times…

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Sutra

(Literally: ‘gather or touch the mind’) An intensive meditation retreat usually lasting 3, 5 or 7 days. The word ‘retreat’…

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Sesshin

A recognized teacher of Zen. The title sensei, like the title roshi, traditionally is positioned after the teacher’s name rather…

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Sensei

A sitting position where one kneels and sits back onto the heels. This is the standard position for longer, seated…

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Seiza

A very deep state of meditation in which notions of duality, self and indeed all concepts drop away. Profound satori…

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Satori

Zen family, community or group practicing together. In its largest sense, all living beings make up our sangha, though when…

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Sangha

Work Practice. This is work, usually physical, done in a mindful and aware manner. Tasks should be carried out in…

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Samu

In Buddhist thought this is the continuing cycle of birth, death and rebirth. All beings are trapped in this unpleasant…

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Samsara

The day set aside to commemorate the enlightenment of the Buddha, which traditionally is celebrated on the eighth of December.…

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