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numinous
suggesting the presence of a god; spiritually elevated
mystical
a spiritual sense beyond human understanding
ecstatic
intensely and overpoweringly happy
out of body
adj / relating to a sensation of seeing one's self from an external perception
possession
the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
sun dance
A dance where the Plains Indian sought a vision to guide them for the rest of their lives
ghost dance
A ritual the Sioux performed to bring back the buffalo and return the Native American tribes to their land.
wovoka
The Prophet of the Great Basin whose vision of the Ghost Dance transformed many people., Paiute religious leader who founded the Ghost Dance movement. The movement faded when a number of its followers, thought to have supernatural protection, were massacred at Wounded Knee
mahayana
one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing a common search for universal salvation especially through faith alone
zen
school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith
rinzai
School of sudden awakening
soto
One of the two major sects of Zen (along with Rinzai), the school of "gradual awakening," which believes enlightenment is gained gradually meditating throughout your life.
koan
In Chan and Zen Buddhism, a question that cannot be answered logically; a technique used to test consciousness and bring awakening.
zazen
The basic method of Zen meditation, traditionally practiced while seated in the lotus position in the meditation hall.
satori
In Zen, the enlightened awareness
shinto
the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma
kami
one the Shinto deities (including mythological beings, spirits of distinguished men, forces of nature)
sufi
a muslim who seeks to achieve direct contact with god through mystical means
fana
"Extinction"; the sense of loss of self in mystical experience.
dhikr
A devotional remembrance of Allah through the recitation of his ninety-nine names and other devotional practices
baraka
"Blessing power" which comes from God into creation for the benefit of human beings.
shaykh
A teacher and master in Islam, such as the leader of an order in Sufism.