images Glossary of Buddhist Terms


anicca Impermanence. See three marks, below.

anatta Literally, “no self” or “no soul.” See three marks, below.

bodhisattva Literally, “awakening being”; a person who works to achieve liberation with and for all living beings. The highest goal of Mahayana Buddhism is to be a bodhisattva.

bodhisattva path In Mahayana Buddhism, the practice of devoting oneself to the awakening of all beings. The path extends over lifetimes; indeed, since living beings are innumerable, this selfless path is endless.

Buddha Literally, “awakened one,” an awakened being; the first of the three jewels of Buddhism; one who reveals the teachings ...

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