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English Glossary of Buddhist Terms

This glossary is only a partial list of technical terms found on the pages of the website. From time to time, as work progresses on the glossary project, new terms will be added to the list. Sanskrit equivalents for Tibetan terms have been provided only for select terms and all diacritical marks for transliterated Sanskrit have been omitted, for ease of display on all browsers.

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EnglishDefinitionTibetan / Sanskrit
qualities, good

See: good qualities

quasi-divine beings

See: would-be divine

quintessence teachings

Teachings, either oral or written, that present the essential, most profound points of a more extensive topic.


J. Hopkins' translation: "quintessential instruction."

Tib: man-ngag
Skt: upadesha
quintessence teachings division

The division of treasure texts, deriving from texts buried by either Guru Rinpoche or Vimalamitra, that emphasizes pure awareness being primally pure. Often referred to by the transliterated Tibetan "menngag-dey." Equivalent to the heart essence division."

Tib: man-ngag sde

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