Glossary of Buddhist Terms

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  1. Kadampa

    A follower of the Kadam tradition, one of the New Translation Period traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, deriving from Atisha's visit to Tibet and continued as the Gelug tradition.


  2. Kagyu

    One of the New Translation Period traditions of Tibetan Buddhism., with two branches and 12 schools.


  3. Kagyupa

    A follower of one of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.


  4. Kalachakra

    An anuttarayoga tantra practice for overcoming the cycles of time and attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all.


  5. Kangyur

    The collection of the Tibetan translations of the enlightening words of the Buddha.


  6. Karma Kagyu

    One of the four major Dagpo Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhsim deriving from direct disciples of Gampopa, in this case the First Karmapa.


  7. karma

    A mental urge or impulse that accounts for the compulsiveness of our behavior. The mental factor that compulsively brings the mind in the direction of a specific physical, verbal, or mental action and to engage in it.


  8. karmic force

    A general term for both the positive and negative type of karmic aftermath that is either a constructive or destructive phenomenon and which will ripen into a result intermittently.


  9. karmic potential

    A general term for either positive or negative karmic potential. The phase of a karmic force that is a type of either constructive or destructive karmic aftermath, imputable on one's mental continuum after having committed a karmic action and which ripens into a result intermittently.


  10. karmic tendency

    A type of karmic aftermath that is ethically neutral (unspecified as being either constructive or destructive), which is imputable on one's mental continuum after having committed a karmic action, and which ripens into a result only intermittently. Literally, a "karmic seed."


  11. kaya

    A corpus or body of many forms or qualities of a Buddha.


  12. khenpo

    (1) The title of an abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. (2) The title given in the Kagyu and Nyingma tradition to monks who have completed the monastic education system.


  13. klesha

    A mental factor that, when it arises, causes oneself to lose peace of mind and self-control.


  14. koan

    Japanese term for keywords or phrases used as topics for meditation in the Rinzai School of Zen.


  15. kriya tantra

    The first of the four (or six) classes of Buddhist tantra, which emphasizes external types of actions, particularly ritual cleanliness and vegetarianism.


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