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Refers to any set of beliefs of any community or nation, concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural or divine agency.

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Tripitaka in Sanskrit, Tipitaka in Pali. The three main sacred scriptures of Buddhism. A "pitaka" is a basket and so the term refers to the "three baskets. " The first basket is ...


Religion; Buddhism

A special empowerment ceremony currently held only at the temples of Eiheiji and Sojiji in Japan by new priests upon reaching the priestly rank.


Religion; Buddhism

(Japanese) Meditation hall. The space in a monastery in which zazen is practised; it is often set aside exclusively for this purpose.

Zen Buddhism

Religion; Buddhism

A branch of Mahayana Buddhism which was brought to China (where it was called Chan) in 520 CE by Bodhidarma and arrived in Japan in the twelfth century. It is probably the most ...


Religion; Buddhism

(Japanese) Buddhist school or sect favouring meditation and intuition rather than scripture as a means to enlightenment, which passed from China to Japan in the thirteenth and ...


Religion; Buddhism

(Japanese) Zazen meeting; a lay Zen group.


Religion; Buddhism

A sound that is used as a focus for mediation or worship. Sacred word or formula repeated often of only one or two syllables, used in certain Buddhist rituals.