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lama
a tibetan buddhist teacher; a title of honor often given to all tibetan monks
Matreya
a buddha (or bodhisattva) expectedto appea on earth in the future
mandala
a circular design containing deities, geometrical forms, symbols, and so on that represent totality, the self, or the universe
mudra
a symbolic hand gestre
nirvana
the release from suffering and rebirth that brings inner peace
samadhi
a state of deep awareness, the result of intensive meditation
samsara
constant rebrth and the attendant suffering; the everyday world of change
Sangha
the community of monks and nuns; lowercased
satori
in zen the enlightened awareness
shunyata
the Mahayana notion of emptiness meaning that the universe is empty of permanent realilty
stupa
a shrine usu in the shpe of a dome, used to mark buddhist relics or sacred sites
sutra
a sacred text, esp one said to record the words of the buddha
tathata
thatness, thusness; suchess; the uniquemness of each changing moment of reality
trikaya
the three "bodies" of the buddha
thee bodies of the buddha
dharmakaya: cosmic buddha nature
the niramanakaya historical buddha
sambhogakaya: celestial buddhas
tripitaka
the three baskets or collections of buddhist texts
vajra
the dimond scepter used in tibetan and other types of buddhist ritual symbolizing compassion
Adi Granth
original collection; the primary scripture of the sikhs
ajiva
matter without soul or life
digambara
clothed in the sky; a member of the Jain sect in which monks ideally donot wear clothing
gurdawara
a sikh temple
hylozoism
the belief that all physical matter has life and feeling
Japji
a poem by Guru Nanak that begins the Adi Granth; the poem is recited daily by pious sikhs
jina
conquerer; the hain term for a perfect person who will not be reborn
jiva
spirit soul which enlivens matter
puja
ritual honor of a tirthankara or diety
sallekhana
holdy death; death by self starvation valued in jainish as a noble end to a long life of virtue and detachment
Shvetambara
clothed in white; a member of the jain sect in which monks and nuns wear white clothing
sikh
disciple; a follower of the sikh religion
sthanakavasi
building person; a member of a jain sect
terapanthi
13; a member of the newest jain sect
tirthankara
crossing maker; in jainism, one of the twenty-four ideal human beings of the past, mahavira beng the most recent