This glossary contains an alphabetical list of Buddhist terms that you may find on this website. The glossary includes English, Sanskrit and Tibetan terms. The list of terms is expanding and new listings are added regularly. Search for the term you want by entering it in the search box, or browse through the listing by clicking on the letters below.

Of the four continents surrounding Mount Meru in Buddhist cosmology, this is the southern continent where human beings live. The other three continents are Godaniya in the west; Kuru in the north and Videha in the east. See four continents.

Nephew of Lha Lama Yeshe Ö, the king who first wished Atisha to come to Tibet to regenerate the Dharma. When his uncle died, Jangchub Ö sent emissaries to India and brought Atisha to Tibet.

A foremost scholar and tantric practitioner from Sera Je and former abbot of Gyüme Tantric Monastery. 

The volumes of stories, mostly in the Pali canon, but also within the Sanskrit and Tibetan texts, that relate to the lives of Shakyamuni Buddha before he became enlightened. The tales generally hold a strong moral lesson.

A ceremony that allows the disciple to recite a mantra and practice a sadhana, but is not counted as a full initiation (wang).

The principal English translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a learned scholar, translator and editor of many books including the Library of Tibetan Classics titles The Book of Kadam and Mind Training.

The emptiness of the dharmakaya; the second of the bodies of the wisdom side of the path, the other being the svabhavikakaya (nature body).

The main temple in Lhasa.

The six preparatory practices that prepare the mind for lam-rim meditation.