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Vocab List Buddhism

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enlightenment
n. a moment of great wisdom and understanding achieved through meditation and following the Eightfold Path; the ultimate goal of Buddihsm
ascetic
n. one who leads a life of deprivation, usually in order to achieve a spiritual goal
stupa
n. a mound-like Buddhist holy structure used as a place of worship
meditation
n. quieting the mind and focusing on the present to shut out the distractions of the world
pilgrimage
n. a very long journey or search of great moral significance
Middle Way/Middle Path
N. the act of seeking a balance by rejecting the extremes of wanting everything and giving up everything
samsara
n. the cycle of rebirth
nirvana
n. a spiritual state of perfect peace without selfish attachments to worldly possessions
Four Noble Truths
N. philosophy on how to overcome endless suffering by attaining enlightenment
Eightfold Path
N. the basic moral teaching of Buddhism ; their goal is to stop all suffering
bodhisattva
an enlightenend person who chooses not to proceed to nirvana, but to help other reach nirvana
affect
v. to act on; to produce an effect or change in
effect
n. something that is produced by an agency or cause ; result; consequence
its
pron. of it
it's
contraction. it is