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anapanasati
Mindfulness of breathing.
anapana
Inhalation and exhalation.
anatta
Not-self
anicca
Impermanence; inconstancy.
Arhat
An enlightened or liberated being having attained nirvana/nibbana.
bhavana
Development or cultivation. Sometimes "mediation."
Bhikku
A Buddhist monk.
Bhikkuni
A Buddhist nun.
citta
Mindset or state of consciousness. The emotive mind.
bodhi
Awakened; having knowledge of the nature of things.
Bodhicitta
Awakened mind-state; "enlightenment-mind"
Bodhisatta
Awakened existence; "enlightenment-being"
dosa
Aversion, anger, or hate.
jhana
A state of great meditative or contemplative absorption, concentration, and detachment.
karuna
Compassion.
sati
Mindfulness.
kilesa
Defiling or clouding mental states that can lead to unwholesome action.
lobha
Greed.
magga
Path.
moha
Delusion - lit. to be stupified
Metta
Loving-kindness.
panna
Wisdom
parami
Perfections (or completeness) - the culmination of certain virtues.
sacca
Truth/reality
saddha
Confidence of faith - lit. to put one's heart on.
Samadhi
Meditative, concentrated absorption
sampajanna
Full awarenss/alertness - clear knowing/comprehension
samvega
Spiritual urgency, disillusionment.
sila
Virtue, moral conduct, moral restraint.
sukha
Happiness, pleasure, ease
sutta
Discourse - lit. thread.
tanha
Craving - lit. thirst.
Tathagata
An enlightened being - lit. "one who has thus gone."
Tipitaka
Three baskets.
Sutta Pitaka
Discourses of the Buddha ("discourse basket")
Vinaya Pitaka
Monastic rules.
Abhidamma Pitaka
Systemization of the Buddha's teaching (7 books total).