Glossary of Buddhist Terms

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  1. ignorance

    Either simply not knowing or knowing in an inverted, incorrect manner either (1) behavioral cause and effect, or (2) voidness (emptiness), the total absence of impossible ways of existing. Mostly translated on this website as "unawareness."


  2. illusory body

    A body made of subtle energy-wind that one attains through advanced methods on the complete stage of the father division of anuttarayoga tantra.


  3. impermanence

    Moment to moment change, under the influence of causes and conditions; the fact that so long as a form of physical phenomenon or a mental state lasts, it does not remain static, but always changes.


  4. imperturbability

    The constructive mental factor of not wishing to cause harm in response to what others might say or do or in response to situations of one;s own or others' suffering.


  5. imputation

    A term used to describe phenomena that are dependent on other phenomena as their basis for existence and for being validly knowable.


  6. indecisive wavering

    The mental factor that is undecided about accepting or rejecting something that is true or a fact.


  7. inferential cognition

    A valid conceptual way of cognizing an obscure object through reliance on a correct line of reasoning as its basis.


  8. inherent

    Something findable within a phenomenon that establishes its existence.


  9. inherent existence

    Existence established or proven or affirmed by there being findable on the side of an object a self-establishing nature.


  10. initial scope

    The first of the three levels of spiritual motivation on the graded path – the stage at which one aims for better rebirth.


  11. initiation

    A tantric ritual that activates and empowers Buddha-nature factors to grow so that they will eventually bring about enlightenment.


  12. innate

    Things that arise with each moment of experience as an inseparable part of that experience.


  13. inner heat

    An advanced practice on the complete stage of anuttarayoga tantra in which one generates heat at the navel chakra in the central energy-channel for use in further practices.


  14. inner offering

    In anuttarayoga tantra practice, an offering visualized as substances inside the body, transformed into nectar.


  15. intention

    The mental factor to obtain any object, to achieve any goal, or to do something with the object or goal once obtained or achieved.


  16. interpolation

    The projection or superimposition, onto an object, of a quality or a conventional or ultimate identity that it does not have.


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