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Topic Pages - People and Places
[Skt.,=the enlightened One], usual title given to the founder of Buddhism. He is also called the Tathagata [he who has come thus], Bhagavat...
Tibetan Bodyul, Mandarin Xizang, autonomous region (1994 est. pop. 2,300,000), c.471,700 sq mi (1,221,700 sq km), SW China. A Chinese...
Topic Pages - Practices and Beliefs
Act of spiritual contemplation, practised by members of many religions or as a secular exercise. It is a central practice in Buddhism...
Belief that after death the human soul or the spirit of a plant or animal may live again in...
Topic Pages - Divisions
Buddhist sect of China and Japan. The name of the sect (Chin. Ch'an, Jap. Zen) derives from the Sanskrit dhyana [meditation]. In China the...
Form of Buddhism prevailing in the Tibet region of China, Bhutan, the state of Sikkim in India, Mongolia, and parts of Siberia and SW China...