, aka , means going to a Zen master
for instruction. In the Rinzai school
, it has the same meaning as dokusan
, which is specifically a private interview between student and master, often centering around the student's grasp of an assigned koan
. If the master rings a bell to dismiss the student, this means the student's understanding is not right and that their work with the koan must continue. It is typically held twice a day in a monastery
, though during a week-long sesshin
sanzen may take place as often as four times in one day.
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