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anatta(pali)/anatman(sanskrit) "not-self" buddah said that humans dont have a permanent soul (atman) (an)atman- non-atman
anicca(pali)/anitya(sanskrit) is one of the essential doctrines or three marks of existence in buddhism
arhat one who had achieved enlightenment in this lifetime
bardo(tibetan) "intermediate state" after death and before one's next birth, when one's consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena.
bodhi "enlightenment" or "awakened"
bodhisattva these were individuals who achieved enlightenment, but took a vow that they would be continue to be reborn untill all beings were saved
buddha "awakened-one"
dhamma(pali)/dharma(sanskrit) The teachings of the Buddha which apply an understanding of this law to the conduct of human life. explains that its that which upholds or supports the practitioner and prevents him or her from falling into states of misery or birth in a woeful existence
dhyana refers to meditation or meditative state.
dorje(tibetan) small double ended scepters, ussually made of bronze, which represent lightning bolts, these lightning bolts represent "skillful means" that is the practice of using all facets of the human existence to gain enlightment and the changless nature of reality
dukkha(pali)/duhkha(sanskrit) (suffering) the buddhist concept that the world in characterized by more unsatisfactory experiences than pleasant ones
khanda(pali)/skandha(sanskrit) are any of five types of phenomena that serve as objects of clinging and bases for a sense of self.The Buddha teaches that nothing among them is really "I" or "mine".
karuna "compasion" or "pity" - its part of the spiritual path for buddhism and jainism
nibbana(pali)/nirvana(sanskrit) the opposite of "samsara", the world which we inhabit at present. the goal of buddhist practice. other than its being different in every way from anything experienced in this world, the buddhists are hesitant to try to describe nirvana
pratitya-samutpada the buddhist concept that the world is not solid, but made up of an endless series of interlocking events
sangha strictly speaking, all buddhists. in practice, the term tends to refer only to ordained buddhist monks and nuns
stupa a large mound of earth raised over relics of the buddha. popular places of pilgrimage
tanha(pali)/trishna(sanskrit) "thirst" synonyme for "desire" or "craving"
tantra a form of religious practice common to both buddhism and hinduism which places major emphasis on elaborate rituals performed by the individual practitioner
wat its a sacred buddhist precinct, with monks quarters, the temple proper, an edifice housing a large image of Buddha, and a structure for lessons.
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