Short Zen Lexicon
An attitude towards serenity. The opposite is Resistance causing suffering.
#1 cause of suffering. Attachment to things, thoughts, ideas, etc.....
Achieved when we realize and experience the factual realities of Life as opposed to the mind-made
Experiencing factual reality and its components at the moment in a mindful way.
Nickname for “The one who is awaked”
Genuine self, discovered and experienced thru awareness. The genuine self is free from
our mind-made worlds.
BEING IN THE MOMENT:
Experiencing the present moment as it is. It is only during the present moment that you are alive.
See empathy. Cannot express compassion to others w/o, first, having self-compassion.
Part of empathy.
Probably an immaterial entity allowing us to connect to our body-mind and to experience life.
DELUSION / ILLUSION:
Product of the mind and source of suffering because fictional that is in conflict with reality.
Ex: “I am in control of my life”, “I am an independent, indispensable, separate, the self-sustained entity”
“ Past and future exist”, etc...
Basic delusions: Identification and belief of our thoughts- ideas, belief, opinion.
“ I want” sources of suffering.
DON’T KNOW MIND:
Similar to Open mind (see below)
I, Me, Mine, Myself: A necessary and important tool to live, but also our worse deceptive one.
Ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Part of compassion.
Even-tempered mental & emotional calmness, during difficult situations.
Diff. from indifference.
An entity exempted from permanent, independent, isolated, separated, unique and self-sustained attributes.
Very useful invention but fictional by definition since it does not exist.
Source of suffering when the future is generating unrealistic expectations, anxiety, fear,
An emotional and transient state of mind is mostly triggered by outside sources. Different from serenity
Lost in continuous compulsive thinking and emotional default modes, mostly ego-driven.
The law of action and effect. Can be personal and collective.
When expecting something back from love, it is called a trade.
W/o it there is no Zen. The act of experiencing the current reality of the moment using awareness
and stillness of the body and mind.
Path of life in which both extremes are avoided.
The heart of Zen practice. Act of paying attention, to observe w/o analysis, judgment, and decision.
See also Awareness, Stillness.
Literally: extinction of the flame that is suffering.
A mind not trapped in endless opinion, judgment, ideas, and labels, most of them ego-driven.
Exist only in pictures, books, and our memory. Fictional like the future because it does not exist.
Source of suffering when it triggers regret, guilt, and anger.
The opposite of Acceptance and cause of suffering.
A very useful human invention.
Only the present moment exists. Past is dead and future unborn.
A permanent state of well-being, such as being content, at peace, and in harmony with self and others.
Different from happiness which is an emotional yo-yo mostly triggered by outside sources..
Zen community who meditate together.
Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness and awareness.
Motionless body & mind allowing to experiencing our innermost sense of self, of who we are.
Inseparable from awareness and mindfulness.
Caused by desire/craving (I want), hatred (I don’t want), and our mind-made illusion/delusion.
Is suffering necessary? Yes because it cracks open the shell of ego.
Your genuine original self, probably in the form of pure consciousness.
Needs an ego-mind-made story to exist besides obvious external events such as the passing
of a loved one.
Ability to properly apply knowledge, insight, experience, understanding, judgment, and decision
to any given situation.
The Japanese word for meditation. A philosophy of life acquired only from the daily practice
of meditation. Here are a few principles. The list is not exhaustive.
Daily practice of mindfulness-based meditation.
Control of our ego-driven mind source of suffering. –
Attachment is the main source of suffering, besides mind-made illusion and delusions.
Interconnectedness of all living beings-
We are alive only in the present moment.
Everything is transient-
Our logic is misleading
Practicing Acceptance, compassion- Being present and mindful.
Practice the Middle Way, etc.....