Zen Glossary

dharma: Religious, secular, or natural law; the law of karma; Buddha or Tao; teaching; the Dharmakaya. With a lower-case ‘d’: phenomenon or thing.

dojo: The training hall or zendo.

dokusan: Personal interview with the teacher during formal practise.

hojo: Small room where dokusan takes place.

kinhin: The formal walk between periods of zazen.

practice: Training. Endeavours in the dojo; zazen. To take the Eightfold Path; to follow the precepts; to turn the Dharma wheel.

roshi: Old Teacher, mode of addressing a Zen master.

samu: Building and maintenance of the temple and/or surrounds as part of formal practise.

sangha: community, fellowship, harmony.

sesshin: To touch, receive and convey the heart-mind. An intensive Zen retreat of two to seven days.

sutras: Sermons by the Buddha Shakyamuni and those attributed to him; Buddhist scripture.

teisho: The roshi’s Dhama talk.

zazen: Seated practise of focus on a single matter.

zazenkai: half-day meeting with sutras, zazen, kinhin, dokusan and Dharma talk.

zendo: Zen hall, Zen centre. Dojo