Glossary of Buddhist Terms

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  1. Bon

    The pre-Buddhist spiritual tradition of Tibet.


  2. Bonpo

    A follower of the Bon tradition.


  3. Buddha

    A fully enlightened being.


  4. Buddha-family

    A group of Buddha-nature factors innately part of one's mental continuum that transform into various aspects of a Buddha.


  5. Buddha-field

    A non-samsaric realm in which the circumstances are the most conducive for uninterrupted intense spiritual practice for gaining Buddhahood.


  6. Buddha-figure

    An emanated form of a Buddha, in which tantric practitioners visualize themselves as a method for attaining the physical bodies of a Buddha.


  7. Buddha-nature

    A factor imputable on the tainted mind of a limited being (sentient being) that transforms into or allows for the attainment of enlightenment.


  8. Buddhahood

    The enlightened state of a Buddha.


  9. Buddhatva

    The enlightened state of a Buddha.


  10. bardo

    The state of existence inbetween rebirths.


  11. bare cognition

    Cognition of a cognitive object without that cognition being through the medium of a concept or category.


  12. bhagavan

    An epithet of the Buddha.


  13. bhikkhu

    A fully ordained male monastic in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.


  14. bhikkhuni

    A fully ordained female monastic in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.


  15. bhikshu

    A fully ordained male monastic in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.


  16. bhikshuni

    A fully ordained female monastic in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.


  17. bhumi

    The ten progressive levels of mind of an arya bodhisattva, spanning the path of seeing and path of meditation.


  18. bodhi

    The state of a shravaka arhat, pratyekabuddha arhat or a Buddha.


  19. bodhichitta

    A mind, accompanied by love and compassion, focused on one's own individual not-yet-happening enlightenment, validly imputable on the basis of the Buddha-nature factors of one's mental continuum, with the intention to attain that enlightenment and to benefit others by means of that attainment.


  20. bodhisattva

    Someone who has developed an unlabored bodhichitta aim to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.


  21. bodhisattva vows

    The set of restraints from committing certain actions that would be detrimental to achieving enlightenment.


  22. body mandala

    A network of Buddha-figures arranged inside the body of a Buddha-figure (yidam).


  23. bond

    A type of behavior or attitude that maintains a close connection with either a certain tantra or a certain spiritual master.


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