(KU) a string of beads resembling a bracelet or necklace,
used for counting bows or repetitions of a mantra in various sects
Bhikshu (Sanskrit; Japanese: Biku;
1: a Buddhist monk who has accepted the second grade of
clerical precepts (compare with Shami). 2: a male renunciant. [Other definitions: KU]
1: a Buddhist nun who has accepted the second grade of
clerical precepts (compare with Shami). 2: a female renunciant. [Other definitions: KU]
(KU) a being whose actions promote unity or harmony; one
who vows to postpone one's own enlightenment in order to help all sentient beings realize
liberation; one who seeks enlightenment not only for oneself but for others. The
bodhisattva ideal is at the heart of Mahayana and Zen
(KU) in Korea, a lay woman who helps at a temple.
buddha (Sanskrit; Japanese: butsu;
1: awakened; an awakened being, one who has come to notice
or understand ultimate reality. 2a: (capitalized) Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BC), the
historic founder of Buddhism; 2b: (capitalized) any one of several ideal personages such
as Amitabha, Vairocana, or Maitreya. See the Three Treasures.
[Other definitions: KU]
(KU) that which all sentient beings share and manifest
through their particular form; according to Zen, the Buddha
said that all things have Buddha-nature and therefore have the innate potential to become buddha.
(KU) the major order in Korean Buddhism, formed in 1356 by
the unification of the Nine Mountains Schools of Zen.
dharma (Sanskrit; Pali: dhamma;
1: phenomenon, entity. 2: the essential principles
governing the existence of cosmic or individual phenomena, especially the law of causation
or karma. 3: (capitalized) these same principles as espoused in the
teachings of the Buddha. See the Three
Treasures. [Other definitions: KU]
[F] [G] [H]
(KU) literally, "palms together;" a hand
position used in various practice situations.
(KU) the vital energy center of the abdomen; in many Zen traditions considered the seat of the heart-body-mind.
(KU) "public seal;" certification of a student's
completion of, or breakthrough in, kong-an practice.
(KU) a formal, private meeting between a Zen
teacher and a student in which kong-ans are used to test and
stimulate the student's practice; may also occasion informal questions and instruction.
(KU) an endlessly long period of time.
1a: action; 1b: volitional action. 2: cause and effect;
action considered together with its consequences. [Other definitions: KU]
(KU) brown piece of cloth worn around the neck or over the
shoulders, symbolic of Buddhist vows and precepts.
(KU) traditional Zen belly shout; used
to cut off discriminative thinking.
(KU) "energy way"; a chanting retreat.
kong-an (Korean; Japanese:
(KU) a paradoxical or irrational statement used by Zen teachers to cut through student's thinking and bring them to
Kwan Seum Bosal (Korean;
Sanskrit: Avalokitesvara; Chinese: Kwan Yin; Korean: Kwan Um; Japanese: Kanzeon)
(KU) "one who perceives the cries of the world"
and responds with compassionate aid; the bodhisattva of compassion.
Kyol Che (Korean)
(KU) "tight dharma;" in Korean Zen
tradition, an intensive retreat of 21 to 90 days.
Mahayana (Sanskrit) Buddhism
(KU) the Buddhism practiced in northern Asia; encompasses
schools in China, Korea, Japan, and Tibet.
(KU) sounds or words used in meditation to cut through
discriminating thoughts so the mind can become clear.
(KU) fish-shaped wooden instrument used as a drum to set
the rhythm for chanting.
[N] [O] [P]
(KU) the founder of a school and his sucessors in the
transmission of its teaching.
one who, motivated by compassion, formally gives up
worldly pursuits in favor of bringing all beings to enlightenment.
(KU) the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
1: community, assembly, association. 2a: (capitalized) the
community of renunciants; 2b: (capitalized) an association of
Buddhist monks or nuns; 2c: (capitalized) the community of all Buddhists. See the Three Treasures. [Other definitions: KU]
Shami (Japanese; Korean: Sami)
a Buddhist monk or nun who has accepted the first grade of
clerical precepts; a novice or acolyte. (Compare with Bhikshu or Bhikshuni.)
(KU) Buddhist scriptures, consisting of discourses by the Buddha and his disciples.
the fundamental constituents of Buddhism, being the Buddha (2), the Dharma (3), and the Sangha (2).
(KU) formal handing over of the lineage succession from
teacher to student.
[U] [V] [W]
Yong Maeng Jong Jin (Korean)
(KU) literally, "valorous or intrepid
concentration," paraphrased "to leap like a tiger while sitting." In the
West it is a short silent retreat of two to seven days involving thirteen hours of formal
meditation practice a day. Participants follow a schedule of bowing, sitting, chanting,
eating, and working, with an emphasis on sitting meditation. During the retreat each
participant has interviews with a Zen Master or Ji
Do Poep Sa Nim.
Zen (Japanese; Korean: Seon;
Chinese: Ch'an; Sanskrit: Dhyana)
(KU) meditation practice.