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The name Zazen in Chinese / Japanese...

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Sit in Meditation

Zazen

 zuò chán
 za zen
Sit in Meditation Scroll

坐禪 describes the act of sitting in a state of deep meditation.

You'll notice that the second character is Chan/Zen (often used to title the meditative form of Buddhism).

In Korean Hanja, this means “religious meditation” (roughly the same as the Chinese definition).

Buddhists may define this as sitting in dhyāna, abstract meditation, fixed abstraction, or contemplation.


座禅Japanese note: This will make sense in Japanese but the Kanji shown to the left are partially in ancient/traditional Japanese form. Japanese Buddhists may use 坐禪, 坐禅, 座禪, or 座禅. The most standard/modern Japanese form of this word is shown to the right. Click on the Kanji to the right (instead of the button above) if you want this specifically Japanese version.

Hishiryo / Not-Thinking

 fēi sī liáng
 hi shi ryou
Hishiryo / Not-Thinking Scroll

Hishiryō (非思量) literally means not-thinking.

Hishiryo can be described as a state of mind beyond thinking and non-thinking during the practice of Zazen.

Shiryō (思量) means “thinking,” and hi (非) is a prefix for negation and opposition.

Therefore, hishiryo amounts to “unthink” or “not the matter of thinking.” The word hishiryo appears in Dogen Zenji’s Fukanzazengi, Shobogenzo Zazengi, Shobogenzo Zazenshin, and Keizan Zenji’s Zazen Yojinki. It is one of the most important words used to describe zazen. Hishiryo in these writings comes from a dialogue between Yakusan Igen (745-828) and an unnamed monk, which is described in Keitoku, Dentoroku, and other Zen texts.


The above is an abridged except from School of Shodo: Hishiryo
I suggest you visit that page for a full explanation.

 zhǐ guǎn dǎ zuò
 shi kan ta za
Shikantaza Scroll

只管打坐 is the Japanese Buddhist term shikantaza which represents zazen meditation in which one focuses on sitting without actively seeking enlightenment.

Sometimes this is translated as “meditation of just sitting” or “meditation practice where one stays intensely focused without focusing on any particular object.”

Sometimes written, 祗管打坐 with the same pronunciation and perceived meaning.

 jiē xīn
 sesshin
Sesshin Scroll

接心 is a Japanese Buddhist term meaning concentration or a period of intensive zazen.

While 接心 is the most common way to write this, other variants include 攝心 (Traditional Chinese), 摂心 (alternate Japanese), and 摄心 (Simplified Chinese). If you need any of these alternate forms, just let me know and I will set it up with the calligrapher for you.


While this is a Japanese term, it will be recognized by most Chinese folks at a Japanese Buddhist term and they will pronounce it as “jiē xīn” in Mandarin.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

坐禅

see styles
 zazen
    ざぜん

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Sit in Meditation
(Buddhist term) zazen (seated Zen meditation, usu. in a cross-legged position)

坐禪


坐禅

see styles
zuò chán
    zuo4 chan2
tso ch`an
    tso chan
 zazen

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Sit in Meditation
to sit in meditation; to meditate
To sit in dhyāna, i.e. abstract meditation, fixed abstraction, contemplation; its introduction to China is attributed to Bodhidharma (though it came earlier), and its extension to Tiantai.

接心

see styles
 sesshin
    せっしん

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Sesshin
(noun/participle) (1) (Buddhist term) concentration; (2) period of intensive zazen

只管打坐

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zhǐ guǎn dǎ zuò
    zhi3 guan3 da3 zuo4
chih kuan ta tso
 shikan taza
    しかんたざ

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Shikantaza
(Buddhist term) shikantaza (zazen meditation in which one focuses on sitting without actively seeking enlightenment)
meditation of just sitting

打成一片

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dǎ chéng yī piàn
    da3 cheng2 yi1 pian4
ta ch`eng i p`ien
    ta cheng i pien
 tajouippen / tajoippen
    たじょういっぺん

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Merge / Unify
to merge; to integrate; to become as one; to unify together
(yoji) {Buddh} (See 座禅・ざぜん) intensive zazen meditation on a subject; knocking all into one
To knock all into one, bring things together, or into order.

座禅

see styles
 zazen
    ざぜん
(Buddhist term) zazen (seated Zen meditation, usu. in a cross-legged position)

摂心

see styles
 sesshin
    せっしん
    shoushin / shoshin
    しょうしん
(noun/participle) (1) (Buddhist term) concentration; (2) period of intensive zazen

禅室

see styles
 zenshitsu
    ぜんしつ
(1) (See 座禅) room for zazen meditation; room for Buddhist practices; (2) Zen monk's quarters; (3) head priest (of a Zen temple)

警策

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jǐng cè
    jing3 ce4
ching ts`e
    ching tse
 keisaku; kyousaku; kouzaku; kyoushaku(ok) / kesaku; kyosaku; kozaku; kyoshaku(ok)
    けいさく; きょうさく; こうざく; きょうしゃく(ok)
(1) (abbreviation) (called けいさく in Rinzai Zen, きょうさく in Soto Zen) (See 警覚策励,座禅) Zen stick (used by a Zen priest to strike an inattentive zazen sitter); warning stick (Rinzai Zen); encouragement stick (Soto Zen); (2) (けいさく only) horsewhip
A switch to awaken sleepers during an assembly for meditation.

坐禪儀


坐禅仪

see styles
zuò chán yí
    zuo4 chan2 yi2
tso ch`an i
    tso chan i
 Zazengi
Instructions for Zazen

坐禪堂


坐禅堂

see styles
zuò chán táng
    zuo4 chan2 tang2
tso ch`an t`ang
    tso chan tang
 zazen
The monks' assembly room.

三時坐禪


三时坐禅

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sān shí zuò chán
    san1 shi2 zuo4 chan2
san shih tso ch`an
    san shih tso chan
 sanji zazen
The thrice a day meditation— about 10 a.m. and 4 and 8 p.m.

坐禪法要


坐禅法要

see styles
zuò chán fǎ yào
    zuo4 chan2 fa3 yao4
tso ch`an fa yao
    tso chan fa yao
 Zazen hōyō
Essentials of Seated Meditation

祗管打坐

see styles
 shikantaza
    しかんたざ
(Buddhist term) shikantaza (zazen meditation in which one focuses on sitting without actively seeking enlightenment)

警覚策励

see styles
 keikakusakurei / kekakusakure
    けいかくさくれい
(See 座禅) Zen stick (used by a Zen priest to strike an inattentive zazen sitter)

坐禪用心記


坐禅用心记

see styles
zuò chán yòng xīn jì
    zuo4 chan2 yong4 xin1 ji4
tso ch`an yung hsin chi
    tso chan yung hsin chi
 Zazen yōjin ki
Admonitions for Zazen

Variations:
接心
摂心

see styles
 sesshin; shoushin(摂心) / sesshin; shoshin(摂心)
    せっしん; しょうしん(摂心)
(noun/participle) (1) {Buddh} concentration; (noun/participle) (2) (See 坐禅) period of intensive zazen

普勸坐禪儀


普劝坐禅仪

see styles
pǔ quàn zuò chán yí
    pu3 quan4 zuo4 chan2 yi2
p`u ch`üan tso ch`an i
    pu chüan tso chan i
 Fukan zazen gi
Universal Promotion of the Principles of Meditation

修習止觀坐禪法要


修习止观坐禅法要

see styles
xiū xí zhǐ guān zuò chán fǎ yào
    xiu1 xi2 zhi3 guan1 zuo4 chan2 fa3 yao4
hsiu hsi chih kuan tso ch`an fa yao
    hsiu hsi chih kuan tso chan fa yao
 Shushū shikan zazen hōyō
Essentials of Practicing Śamatha and Vipaśyanā Meditation

Variations:
座禅(P)
坐禅

see styles
 zazen
    ざぜん
{Buddh} zazen (seated Zen meditation, usu. in a cross-legged position)

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Sit in Meditation坐禪
坐禅
za zen / zazenzuò chán / zuo4 chan2 / zuo chan / zuochantso ch`an / tsochan / tso chan
Hishiryo
Not-Thinking
非思量hi shi ryou
hishiryou
hi shi ryo
fēi sī liáng
fei1 si1 liang2
fei si liang
feisiliang
fei ssu liang
feissuliang
Shikantaza只管打坐shi kan ta za
shikantaza
zhǐ guǎn dǎ zuò
zhi3 guan3 da3 zuo4
zhi guan da zuo
zhiguandazuo
chih kuan ta tso
chihkuantatso
Sesshin接心sesshin / seshinjiē xīn / jie1 xin1 / jie xin / jiexinchieh hsin / chiehhsin
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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