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 "E"

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upeksha (Skt); tang nyom (Tib); btang snyoms (Wyl)

Absence of the usual discrimination of sentient beings into friend, enemy and stranger, deriving from the realization that all sentient beings are equal in wanting happiness and not wanting suffering and that since beginningless time, all beings have been all things to each other. An impartial mind that serves as the basis for the development of great love, great compassion and bodhicitta.


drodog kyi ta (Tib); sgro 'dogs kyi lta (Wyl)

The belief in the inherent existence of things, as opposed to nihilism; one of the two extremes.

example clear light

pä ö sel (Tib); dpe’i ’od gsal (Wyl)

The indirect conceptual realization of emptiness while visualizing oneself as the deity; the impure illusory body, one of the final stages of completion stage Highest Yoga Tantra immediately preceding the attainment of meaning clear light in union with the pure illusory body. This leads to the unification of no more learning and enlightenment. See also clear light and union of clear light and illusory body.