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"No self"; the doctrine that there is no soul or permanent essence in people and things.


This term means impermanence, constant change.




"Enlightenment being"; in Mahayana, a person of deep compassion, especially one who does not enter nirvana, but is constantly reborn to help others; a heavenly being of compassion.


This term means sorrow, misery, suffering.


The release from suffering and rebirth that brings inner peace.


The community of monks and nuns; lowercased, this term refers to an individual monastic community.


A sacred text, especially one said to record the words of the Buddha.


The three "baskets," or collections, of Buddhist texts.


A shrine, usually in the shape of a dome, used to mark Buddhist relics of sacred sites.

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