One Breath at a Time
Bodhichitta: The aspiration of the awakened heart-mind to atain enlightenment so that all sentient beings may be free from suffering.
Bodhisattva: One who, moved by compassion and devotion to aid fellow beings, has taken a vow to remain in samsara until all sentient beings reach enlightenment.
Buddha: Literally, "fully awakened one." Usually refers to the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, who lived and taught in India 2,500 years ago.
Dana: Giving, generosity, offering, donation.
Dharma: The Buddha's teachings, universal truth, the basis of all reality.
Dukka: Suffering, stress, pain, misery, sorrow, unhappiness, dissatisfaction with the way things are -- a central factor in the human condition.
Karma: The law of cause and effect in intentions and actions.
Metta: Loving-kindness, gentle friendship and goodwill.
Samsara: Wandering through the cycles of death and rebirth; the ocean of worldly suffering.
Sangha: A community of practitioners of the Buddhist path.
Tripitaka: (or Tipitaka in Pali) A thre-part canon of Buddhist Scripture.
Want to know more? Check out the Glossary of Buddhist Terms on Buddhanet.