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.

The non-dual transcendental realization of emptiness within a bodhisattva’s mental continuum. See also conventional bodhicitta.

One of the two truths, the other being conventional truth. It is the understanding of the ultimate nature of things and events, emptiness.

The chant master in a Tibetan monastery.

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.

A male lay follower of Buddhism.

A female lay follower of Buddhism.

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

One of the two tantric colleges of the Gelug school; it was founded in 1474 by Gyuchen Kunga Dhondup after the death of Lama Tsongkhapa, and has now been re-established in Dharamsala, India. See also Lower Tantric College.

The crown protrusion of a buddha.