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Theology Terms (Buddhism/Taoism/Confucianism)
individuals who, despite being one step away from Nirvana, vow not to enter it until they ensure that others can reach Nirvana as well
another name for the Buddha, meaning "the sage of the _ tribe"
the enlightened one
suffering, anxiety, constant lack of satisfaction
the cooling of the mind, a state beyond pleasure and pain; only achieved after extinguishing all desires
the Buddhist principle of non-violence
the Buddhist principle of compassion, charity (not karuna)
right concentration (a step in the Eightfold Noble Path)
Wheel of Life, a symbol representing the eightfold path to Nirvana
the state of realizing the not-self
the branch of Buddhism that venerates Buddha only as a great sage; their ideal is a monk
Theravadic monastic community
Mocking nickname for the Theravada Buddhists; means "the lesser way"
the branch of Buddhism that's name means "the greater way"
a form of Mahayana Buddhism which offers supplications and petitions to the saving Buddhas
the virtue of compassion emphasized by the Mahayana Buddhists; it extends to all sentient beings
the true reality of every sentient being according to Buddhists
the Buddha holds this up and simply by looking at it, the founder of Tao becomes enlightened
enlightened Buddhas that are like savior figures; they possess infinite compassion for mankind
a form of Mahayana Buddhism which arrives from its meeting with Taoism; big emphasis on silence and meditation
the lotus position of meditation
insight into ones nature
a school of Zen Buddhism which emphasizes the koan
stories, statements, or questions designed to break down the natural logic about reality; disciples meditate on these until they attain the proper kensho into its meaning
the main principle of Zen Buddhism that Christians have a problem with
"The Classic/Standard of the Way and Virtue," written by Confucius
the one ultimate, eternal, rational principle; all creation is derived from it
"without acting," the ability of a ruler to rule without force or coercion
Yin and Yang
two harmonious principles which are harmonious rather than contradictory and explain the duality of the world
the collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his contemporaries, traditionally believed to have been written by Confucius' followers
the supreme good in Confucianism (goodness, or humanity in its perfected state)
the Confucian gentleman
enlightenment in Buddhism