– a great being; a bodhisattva who has reached a high level of awakening.
– a Bodhisattva whose statue often seen in a zendo that symbolizes wisdom and is depicted as a man holding a sword in his right hand which cuts through delusion and a blooming lotus flower supporting the Prajnaparamita sutra in the middle. Some statues may depict Manjushri riding a tiger symbolizing using wisdom to tame the wild mind.
– a wooden drum in the shape of a fish head used to keep the rhythm while chanting.
– a permanent awakened state of complete peace; relief from all suffering.
– taking “just enough” to nourish the body with food as medicine. A form of highly ritualized ceremonial eating meditation that emphasizes mindfulness. Typically done during intensive practice retreats.
– a perfection of virtues as manifested by a Bodhisattva. Notably: generosity, moral discipline, patience/forbearance, diligence, focus/concentration, meditation.
– wisdom that embodies the realization of the Dharma. The ultimate essence of manifestation of emptiness (the ever-changing and interconnected nature of everything)
– a moral guideline for practitioners of the Way.
– a practitioner who has taken the 16 great vows of Shukke Tokudo, has been authorized to teach others, and perform ceremonies and rituals associated with the role (house blessings, weddings, funerals, etc…). By taking Shukke Tokudo a priest commits their life to the service of others.