Buddhism - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Wheel of the Dharma.

The Wheel of the Dharma symbolizes aspects of the Buddha's teachings. It represents the preaching ("turning") of his first sermon and also, with its eight spokes, Buddhism's Eightfold Path. The path is a guide to living life compassionately and nonviolently.

Glossary

anagarika
ascetic layperson
arhat
worthy one
bhikkhu
monk
bhikkhuni
female monk
bodhi
enlightenment; awakening
bodhisattva
an enlightened being who works for the welfare of all those still caught in samsara
Ch'an (Zen in Japan)
a school of Mahayana Buddhism
dana
proper giving; generosity
deva
deity; divine being; divine
dharma (Pali, dhamma)
the teachings of the Buddha; order (in Hinduism)
duhkha (Pali, dukkha)
suffering; unsatisfactoriness
Eightfold Path (marga; Pali, magga)
a systematic and practical way to realize the truth and eliminate suffering, traditionally divided into three distinct phases that should be progressively mastered
Four Noble Truths
the doctrinal foundation of Buddhism: (1) the existence of suffering...

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