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Idiot's Guides: Zen Living by Domyo Sater Burk

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APPENDIXA

Glossary

Awakening  See enlightenment.

bodhisattva  The Buddhist ideal of a being who diligently cultivates his or her own discipline and wisdom in order to attain enlightenment, but who also has great compassion for all living beings and works for their happiness as well. The bodhisattva is not satisfied with his or her own attainment of peace and liberation, but only accepts the reward of final nirvana once all other beings are also freed.

buddha  Literally “one who is awakened,” buddha means a person who has completely woken up to the truth and dispelled all of his or her delusions. Whether there has ever been a human being who is a complete buddha is a matter of debate, although many Buddhists believe there was at least one: Shakyamuni ...

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