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Buddhism Vocabulary

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sangha
buddhist community of monks, nuns and laity
buddha
the awakened one
nirvana
the release from pain and suffering achieved after enlightenment
mantras
chants especially in Vajrayana.
dharma
teachings of the buddha
asceticism
rigorous self denial
arhat
one who has become enlightened
mandalas
Patterned icons that visually excite; used in Vajrayana Buddhism to enhance meditation.
pali
ancient language of india
bodhisattva
Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others
mudras
Choreographed hand movements used in the rituals of Vajrayana Buddhism.
tanha
Selfish desire
dalai lama
chief lama and once ruler of Tibet