Glossary of Buddhist Terms

Full multilingual glossary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V Y Z

  1. Vairochana

    One of the five Dhyani Buddhas (Five Tathagatas), representing the pure physical bodies of all the Buddhas.


  2. Vajradhara

    The principal Buddha-figure in the father tantras of anuttarayogatantra.


  3. Vajrapani

    A Buddha-figure representing the powerful abilities of all the Buddhas.


  4. Vajrasattva

    A Buddha-figure representing the purity of the mind.


  5. Vajrayana

    The division of Mahayana Buddhism that employs the methods of tantra.


  6. Vajrayogini

    A female Buddha-figure prominent in the mother class of anuttarayoga tantra.


  7. vajra

    A ritual instrument used in conjunction with a bell in tantric rituals and signifying skillful means.


  8. valid bare cognition

    In the Gelug Sautrantika, Gelug Chittamatra, and Gelug Svatantrika-Madhyamaka systems, cognition of a cognitive object without that cognition being through the medium of a concept or category.


  9. valid cognition

    Fresh, nonfallacious cogniton.


  10. valid straightforward cognition

    In the Gelug Prasangika system, nonfallacious cognition of an object, which occurs without relying on a line of reasoning in the moment immediately prior to it.


  11. vinaya

    The scriptural texts that discuss the ethical discipline and vows for the monastic community of monks and nuns.


  12. vipashyana

    An exceptionally perceptive state of mind that combines the perfect concentration of shamatha with feeling totally fit to discern and understand fully the subtle details of anything.


  13. virtuous

    States of mind, or physical, verbal, or mental actions motivated by them, that ripen into happiness to be experienced by the person on whose mental continuum they occur.


  14. void form

    A form of physical phenomenon that is devoid of atoms and is the natural play of the clear light mind or of pure awareness (rigpa).


  15. voidness

    An absence of an impossible way of existing. The impossible way of existing has never existed at all. Translators often render the term as "emptiness."


  16. vow

    The mental factor to restrain oneself from a certain type of detrimental behavior, which, during a specific ceremony, one has formally promised to refrain from.


Top