No Expectations: the Spiritual Dictionary
Updated: Apr 7
The spiritual path has a vocabulary of all its own. Here's an ever-expanding list of terms that might help. From Asana to Zen and just about everything in between.
In the yogic discipline, it's a specific position of the body that opens energy channels and psychic centers.
the name of the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment
"living Buddha" Anyone who devotes his or her life to helping others without leaving society.
A wheel or circle. Energy (prana) is said to flow in the human body through three channels (nādīs). The junctions of these nādīs are known as wheels or chakras.
all processes governing cosmic life, the laws of the universe
spirits which live in horrible torment and are afflicted with constant suffering.
science of yoga which purifies the entire physical body by means of shatkarma, asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and concentration as a prelude to Raja Yoga
the effects of action; work
negative mental states or afflictions that arise from ignorance and lead to suffering
a paradoxical question of existence
an expiatory rite, a cleaning process.
also called Gonardiya or Gonikaputra, was a Hindu author, mystic and philosopher.
vital energy force sustaining life and creation
the supreme yoga; union through concentration of mind; the eight fold path as formulated by Patanjali
a settled-mind. A state in which the aspirant is one with the object of his meditation.
awakening, illumination, enlightenment, realization
"just sitting" sitting without any expectation of gaining mind, even for enlightenment
Yoga Sutras Patanjali
a firm cushion, on which one sits to practice Zazen
meditation while sitting in the approved posture
concentration or objectless meditation. Return to the pure, original mind.