Glos­sary

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Ana­panasati Mindfulness through breath­ing. This is the prac­tice that sup­pos­edly led the Bud­dha to en­light­en­ment. Citta Mindfulness of the mind.

Dharma San­skrit for ‘nat­u­ral law’ or ‘the way things are’. It also refers to the doc­trines of the Bud­dha.

Hara The ab­dom­i­nal area in Ja­panese. Zen mindfulness brings at­ten­tion to this area, as the prac­tice is more grounded in the every­day.

Koan A spir­i­tual ques­tion or prob­lem, usu­ally para­dox­i­cal or non-log­i­cal, used as a theme for med­i­ta­tion.

Metta Loving kind­ness. A mind­ful tech­nique to help cul­ti­vate an open heart.

Nen Ja­panese for ‘mindfulness’; the char­ac­ter for ‘now’ is set over the char­ac­ter for ‘heart’ or ‘mind’. It is also trans­lated as ‘at­ten­tion’, ‘feel­ing’ or ‘sense.’

Sati The Bud­dhist con­cept of mindfulness: pay­ing at­ten­tion to men­tal and phys­i­cal pro­cesses. Sati­patthana San­skrit for the prac­tice of mindfulness. Su­soku-kan Ja­panese term for the mindfulness prac­tice of count­ing the breath. Vedana Mindfulness of feel­ings or sen­sa­tions. Zazen Sit­ting Zen med­i­ta­tion prac­tice.

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