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Glossary of Buddhist Terms -- T

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These are just the briefest of definitions of Buddhist terms starting with T. Click on the term for more explanation of its meaning. Scroll down past the Sponsored Links for more terms.

Tantra
In Buddhism, "tantra" refers to a system of experiential practices to eliminate dualistic thinking and enable the realization of enlightenment.

Tara
Tara is a tantric deity of Tibetan Buddhism. She embodies the female aspect of compassion.

Tathagata
Tathagata is another name for a buddha.

Teisho
A teisho is a formal presentation of dharma by a Zen master.

Tendai, Tiantai, T'ien-t'ai
Tiantai is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China and spread to Korea and Japan.

Three Poisons
The Three Poisons - Greed, Hate and Ignorance - are the primary causes of evil (akusala) in Buddhism.

Trikaya
The Mahayana doctrine of the Trikaya says that each Buddha has three bodies, which are the dharmakaya, the sambogakaya and the nirmanakaya.

Tripitaka
The Tripitaka (Sanskrit, "three baskets") is the earliest canon of Buddhist scripture. It is also called the "Pali Canon."

Tulku
In Tibetan Buddhism, a tulku is a person recognized as the emanation of a deceased master.

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