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.

What is conceived by an awareness conceiving true existence; the appearance of inherent existence.

One of the six groups of mental factors, the factor that enhances the experience of the object in some way. There are five: aspiration, belief, mindfulness, stabilization, and wisdom. 

Also known as obstructions; the negative imprints left on the mind by negative karma and delusion, which obscure the mind. The disturbing-thought obscurations (Tib: nyön-drib) obstruct attainment of liberation and the more subtle obscurations to knowledge (Tib: she-drib) obstruct the attainment of enlightenment.See also the two obscurations.

One of the two obscurations, the more subtle ones that block enlightenment; also known as subtle obscurations, obscurations to enlightenment and cognitive obscurations (Berzin's translation). See also disturbing-thought obscurations and two obscurations.

The mani; the mantra of Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion.

One of the six groups of mental factors, the factor that must be present for a mind to apprehend an object. There are five: feeling, discrimination, intention, mental engagement and contact. 

The verbal transmission of a teaching, meditation practice or mantra from guru to disciple, the guru having received the transmission in an unbroken lineage from the original source.

Place in Pakistan where Shakyamuni Buddha manifested as Chakrasamvara to reveal the Chakrasamvara teachings.

A person who relies on non-Buddhist philosophies and external phenomena as sources of happiness as opposed to an "inner being" (Tib: nang-pa) or Buddhist who relies on the teachings of the Buddha.

The Dharma practiced by non-Buddhists, as opposed to "inner Dharma" of Buddhist Dharma.