Glossary of Buddhist Terms

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  1. Gelug

    One of the New Translation traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, deriving from the reforms made by Tsongkhapa.


  2. Gelugpa

    A follower of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.


  3. Great Vehicle

    The set of Buddhist texts and practices that emphasize the bodhisattva path to enlightenment.


  4. generation stage

    The first stage of anuttarayoga practice, during which one uses the powers of imagination to generate oneself in the form of a Buddha-figure (yidam) and performs a sadhana.


  5. generosity

    The mental urge that leads one to wish to give to others all that is one's own – one's body, material wealth, and the roots of one's constructive actions. When conjoined with a bodhichitta aim, it becomes a far-reaching attitude. Also translated as "giving."


  6. geshe

    In the Gelug tradition, a title given to those who have completed the monastic education system.


  7. gompa

    A Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The term is often used in the West for the main assembly hall or meditation hall of a Buddhist center.


  8. great compassion

    The wish for all others to be free from suffering and from the causes for suffering. Aimed equally at all beings, it regards them like a mother for her only child, and leads to an exceptional resolve to help them all and a bodhichitta aim to achieve enlightenment so as to be best able to help them.


  9. guru

    A spiritual teacher, someone, literally, "heavy" with good qualities and able to lead disciples to attain spiritual goals.


  10. guru devotion

    The respectful attitude and manner of behavior toward the spiritual teacher to whom one entrusts oneself for instruction and guidance along the path to enlightenment.


  11. guru-yoga

    A tantric practice, done with visualizations, with which one imagines that one's own qualities of body, speech and mind become joined with the good qualities of one's spiritual teacher and uplifted by them.


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