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akusala
Unwholesome, unskillful, demeritorious. See its opposite, kusala.
ānāpānasati
Mindfulness of breathing. A meditation practice in which one maintains one's attention and mindfulness on the sensations of breathing
anattā
Not-self
anicca
Inconstant; unsteady; impermanent.
anusaya
Obsesssion; underlying tendency. (The etymology of this term means "lying down with"; in actual usage, the related verb (anuseti) means to be obsessed.) There are seven major obsessions to which the m
appamāda
Heedfulness; diligence; zeal. The cornerstone of all skillful mental states, and one of such fundamental import that the Buddha's stressed it in his parting words to his disciples: "All fabrications a
arahant
A "worthy one" or "pure one"; a person whose mind is free of defilement (see kilesa), who has abandoned all ten of the fetters that bind the mind to the cycle of rebirth (see saṃyojana), whose heart i
ārammaṇa
Preoccupation; mental object.
ariya-puggala
Noble person; enlightened individual. An individual who has realized at least the lowest of the four noble paths (see magga) or their fruitions (see phala). Compare puthujjana (worldling).
ariya-sacca
Noble Truth. The word "ariya" (noble) can also mean ideal or standard, and in this context means "objective" or "universal" truth. There are four: stress, the origin of stress, the disbanding of stres
āsavā
Extinction or cessation of human passion or defilements
asubha
unattractiveness; loathsomeness; foulness
avijjā
Ignorance, error
āyatanaṃ
Place, dwelling-place, abode, home, seat, rendezvous, haunt, receptacle, mine; altar, shrine; place of origin, source, fount, cause, origin
anāgāmī
One who does not return. This is the technical term for one who has entered the third of the four maggas, or paths to nirvāṇa. He is so called because he cannot again be born in the world of men or of