Buddhist Words

Gatha – song or verse

Prajna – direct insight into the truth taught by Buddha

Sansara – wandering, world. The “suffering-laden cycle of life, death, and rebirth, without beginning or end” (Jeff Wilson)

Tathagata – Beyond all coming and going. How the Buddha at times referred to himself.

Samadhi – intense concentration; meditative trance.

Kalpas – aeon, long time period.

One Practice Samadhi – Means at all times, walking, sitting, lying down. Always practicing with a straightforward or pure mind.

Formless Precept – Transcend understanding, beyond restrictions on behavior.

Emptiness “Nothing exists by itself; any given entity can only be defined in terms of other entities in time, space, or mind”

Ino– In Zen, the supervisor of the meditation hall [sodo]. One of the six senior temple administrators.

Is That So?

A beautiful girl in the village was pregnant. Her angry parents demanded to know who was the father. At first resistant to confess, the anxious and embarrassed girl finally pointed to Hakuin, the Zen master whom everyone previously revered for living such a pure life. When the outraged parents confronted Hakuin with their daughter’s accusation, he simply replied: “Is that so?”

When the child was born, the parents brought it to the Hakuin, who now was viewed as a pariah by the whole village. They demanded that he take care of the child since it was his responsibility. “Is that so?” Hakuin said calmly as he accepted the child.

For many months he took very good care of the child until the daughter could no longer withstand the lie she had told. She confessed that the real father was a young man in the village whom she had tried to protect. The parents immediately went to Hakuin to see if he would return the baby. With profuse apologies, they explained what had happened. “Is that so?” Hakuin said as he handed them the child.

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