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Ascetic

Someone who practices self discipline or abstains from physical pleasures for religious purposes

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The Buddha

the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama; teachers who fully understand the nature of mind and reality are also called Buddhas

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Enlightenment

a state of perfect happiness and understanding; unconditional compassion for all beings

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Karma

The law of cause and effect, of ones actions having an impact on one's future life

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Mandala

A visual object, usual in the form of a circle, that can be used for aid for focus during meditation

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Mantra

A word or phrase that is chanted as an aid to meditation

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Merit

The idea in Buddhism that a person can be reborn in a form closer to enlightenment if they accumulate Merit; wholesome deeds and intentions can be added to a persons Merit

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Nirvana

The end of personal suffering and the experience of unchanging peace

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Samara

The law of birth death, and rebirth (process of reincarnation)