Glossary of Buddhist Terms

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  1. Hinayana

    A collective name for the 18 schools of Indian Buddhism that emphasize methods for attaining liberation from suffering. Theravada, practiced throughout Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka, is the only extant school of these 18.


  2. happiness

    That feeling which, when it stops, we wish to meet with it again.


  3. hearer

    A Hinayana practitioner that strives toward liberation as an arhat based on listening to the teachings of the Buddha.


  4. hungry ghost

    One of the three worse rebirth states, characterized by the suffering of being unable to satisfy basic needs, such as hunger and thirst, and caused primarily by miserliness.


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