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Aciravatī

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(Skt.). A river flowing near ancient Śrāvastī.the present-day Rapti. It is one of the five great rivers flowing from the Himalayas eastwards into the sea, and there are many references to...

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Tibetan Buddhist Self-Immolation

Kevin Carrico.

Published online August 2015.

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Religious Studies; East Asian Religions. 11080 words.

Since 2009, 141 Tibetans have engaged in self-immolation, setting their bodies alight, in protest against China’s rule of their homeland. This article asks why. How has this previously...

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acquired enlightenment

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism.

A concept which is found in the Mahāyāna treatise the Mahāyāna-śraddhotpāda Śāstra (The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna) referring to the enlightenment (bodhi) that one acquires as the...

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adbhuta-dharma

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(Skt.; Pāli, abbhuta-dhamma). A marvellous or strange phenomenon. The term is used especially to designate one of the nine classes of Buddhist scriptures (nava-aṇga-buddha-śāsana) which...

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Adam's Peak

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Śrī Pada. Sacred mountain in Śri Lankā, at the top of which (a place of pilgrimage) a hollow shape is identified by adherents of the relevant religions as the footprint of Adam, the Buddha,...

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adhicitta

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(Pāli, higher mental training). The meditative training undertaken by those following the Eightfold Path. It relates particularly to the second of the three divisions of the Path, namely...

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adhigama-dharma

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(Skt.). The Dharma as personal realization or as the content of enlightenment (bodhi). Used in contrast with Āgama-dharma.or the Dharma as a body of knowledge transmitted through the...

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adhimokṣa

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(Skt.). Inclination, devoted interest; a mental factor that involves open-mindedness and a trusting willingness to become involved in something, especially the Dharma.

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adhiprajñā

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(Skt.; Pāli, adhipaññā). Literally, ‘higher understanding’. The doctrinal training undertaken by those following the Eightfold Path. It relates particularly to the third of the three...

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adhiśīla

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(Skt.; Pāli, adhisīla). Literally, ‘higher morality’. The doctrinal training undertaken by those following the Eightfold Path. It relates particularly to the first of the three divisions of...

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