Method is associated with the development of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta, and supports the wisdom realizing emptiness. In order to attain buddhahood, practitioners must engage in both method and wisdom.
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 "M"
The view presented in Shakyamuni Buddha's Prajnaparamita sutras and elucidated by Nagarjuna, that all phenomena are dependent arising, thereby avoiding the mistaken extremes of self-existence and non-existence, or eternalism and nihilism. See also Madhyamaka.
A short prayer which praises Lama Tsongkhapa as being Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani, and Majushri, and having their associated qualities of compassion, power, and wisdom. It is usually recited within the Gelug tradition at the beginning and end of teachings or prayer sessions.
A system of divination often used by Tibetan lamas, and usually performed by throwing a couple of dice or counting beads on a mala.
A fried or steamed dumpling, usually filled with meat; a favorite food of Tibetans.
The Great Prayer Festival, initiated by Lama Tsongkhapa and conducted over the fourteen days between Tibetan New Year and the Day of Miracles (Tib: Chotrul Düchen).
The sacred mountain in Tibet, also called Precious Snow Mountain (Tib: Kang Rinpoche). In Hinduism, said to be the home of Shiva.
The mythical center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology.
Literally, seal or token. A symbolic hand gesture, endowed with power not unlike a mantra. A tantric consort.