Glossary of Zen Names and Terms

karma "cause and effect," and the continuing process of action and reaction, accounting for the interpenetration of all phenomena. Thus our present thoughts, actions, and situations are the result of what we have done in the past, and our future thoughts, actions, and situations will be the product of what we are doing now. Individual karma results from this process.

kasa brown piece of cloth worn around the neck or over the shoulders, symbolic of Buddhist vows and precepts.

KATZ! traditional Zen belly shout; used to cut off discriminative thinking.

kensho seeing one's own true nature; an experience of awakening.

Kido "energy way"; a chanting retreat.

kimchee spicy pickled cabbage.

kong-an a paradoxical or irrational statement used by Zen teachers to cut through students' thinking and bring them to realization.

Kwan Seum Bosal "one who perceives the cries of the world" and responds with compassionate aid; the bodhisattva of compassion.

Kyol Che "tight dharma"; in Korean Zen tradition, an intensive retreat of 21 to 90 days.

Lin Chi (d. 866 CE) Chinese Zen Master; founder of the Lin-chi (Rinzai) school of Zen, one of the two schools still active in Japan.

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