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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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Buddhist Ethics

Damien Keown.

June 2005; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Buddhism. 168 pages.

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of fascinating dilemmas confronting the modern world, ethical moral issues ranging from abortion...

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The Buddha

Michael Carrithers.

February 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Buddhism. 128 pages.

The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction examines the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. What can we learn about...

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Buddhism

Damien Keown.

February 2013; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Buddhism. 184 pages.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. It looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism,...

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Tibetan Buddhism

Matthew T. Kapstein.

October 2013; published online October 2013.

Book. Subjects: Tibetan Buddhism; religious studies. 152 pages.

Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction provides the essential features of Tibetan Buddhist history, teachings, and practice. The Tibetan Buddhist tradition has known over thirteen...

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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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