This glossary contains an alphabetical list of Buddhist terms that you may find on this website. Many of the terms now include phoneticized Sanskrit (Skt) as well as two forms of Tibetan—the phonetic version (Tib), which is a guide to pronunciation, and transliteration using the Wylie method (Wyl). Search for the term you want by entering it in the search box or browse through the listing by clicking on the letters below.

Glossary terms for "U"

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ultimate truth

paramartha satya (Skt); don dam den pa (Tib); don dam bden pa (Wyl)

Or absolute truth; one of the two truths, the other being conventional truth. It is the understanding of the ultimate nature of reality, that things are empty of true existence.

umdze (Tib)

dbu mdzad (Wyl)

The chant master in a Tibetan monastery.

union of clear light and illusory body

The final stage of completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra, where the practitioner is able to unite the clear light mind called the meaning clear light (which is a direct realization of emptiness) with the pure illusory body, the experience of the winds entering the indestructible drop at the central channel.

upper realms

The three higher realms in samsara of human, asura and sura.

ushnisha (Skt)

urgyän (Tib); dbu rgyan (Wyl)

The crown protrusion of a buddha. Not to be confused with the place known in Tibetan as Orgyen (Wyl: o rgyan).