Glossary of Zen Names and Terms

shikantaza "just sitting"; a state of attention that is free from thoughts, directed to no object, and attached to no particular content.

skandhas the five aggregates which make up human existence: form, feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness.

Soen Sa Nim "honored Zen teacher," a Zen Master.

sutra Buddhist scriptures, consisting of discourses by the Buddha and his disciples.

Sunim Honorific used in addressing or referring to a monk or nun.

ten directions: Buddhist cosmological concept; north, south, east, west, up, down, northwest, northeast, southeast, southwest.

Theravada: the southern school of Buddhism, including Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma.

TOK: the sound of the moktak.

transmission: formal handing over of the lineage succession from teacher to student. What one receives when one becomes a Zen Master

Un Mun Zen Master during the golden age of Zen in T'ang Dynasty China (618-907 CE).

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