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The first vowel and letter in the Sanskrit alphabet. The phoneme “a” is thought to be the source of all

abhabbaṭṭhāna

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In Pāli, “condition of being incapable” or “impossibility”; referring to nine immoral acts or inadequacies of character that an arhat

ābhāsvaracitta

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In Sanskrit, “mind of clear light.” See prabhāsvaracitta.

ābhāsvarāloka

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In Sanskrit, the “heaven of radiant light” (in Chinese, the name is also parsed as the “heaven of radiant sound”),

abhayadāna

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In Sanskrit, the “gift of fearlessness”; said to be one of the expanded list of three (sometimes four) forms of

Abhayadattaśrī

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Indian author of the early twelfth century to whom the text of tantric hagiographies entitled *Caturaśītisiddhapravṛtti (“Lives of the Eighty-Four

Abhayagiri

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A Sri Lankan monastery built at the capital of Anurādhapura in first century bce. The monastery was constructed for

Abhayākaragupta

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Indian tantric Buddhist master who was born into a brāhmaṇa family in either Orissa or northeast India near Bengal. Sources

abhayamudrā

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In Sanskrit, “the gesture of fearlessness” or “gesture of protection”; also sometimes called the gesture of granting refuge. This gesture

Abheda

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One of “the sixteen elders” or senior arhats in the Tibetan enumeration. See ṣoḍaśasthavira.

abhibhvāyatana

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In Sanskrit, “sphere of sovereignty” or “station of mastery”; eight stages of transcendence over the sense spheres (āyatana),

abhicāra

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In Sanskrit, “magic” or “wrathful action”; in anuttarayogatantra, the fourth of the four activities (caturkarman) of the

Abhidhammatthasaṅgaha

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In Pāli, “Summary of the Meaning of Abhidharma”; a synoptic manual of Pāli abhidharma written by the Sri Lankan monk

Abhidhammāvatāra

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In Pāli, “Introduction to Abhidhamma”; a primer of Pāli abhidhamma attributed to Buddhadatta (c. fifth century ce), who is

abhidhammika

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In Pāli, “specialist in the abhidhamma”; scholarly monks who specialized in study of the abhidhamma (S. abhidharma) section

Abhidhānappadīpikā

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A Pāli dictionary of synonyms attributed to the twelfth-century Sinhalese scholar–monk Moggallāna, which, in style and method, is similar to

Abhidhānottaratantra

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In Sanskrit, “Continuation of the Explanation [of the Cakrasaṃvaratantra]”; an Indian text describing the invocation of numerous tantric deities

abhidharma

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In Sanskrit, abhidharma is a prepositional compound composed of abhi- + dharma. The compound is typically glossed with abhi being

Abhidharmadīpa

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In Sanskrit, “Lamp of Abhidharma”; an Indian scholastic treatise probably composed between 450 and 550 ce. Only fragments

Abhidharmahṛdaya

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In Sanskrit, “Heart of Abhidharma”; one of the first attempts at a systematic presentation of abhidharma according to the

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