Siddhi
Siddhis are spiritual, paranormal, supernatural, or otherwise magical powers, abilities, and attainments that are the products of spiritual advancement through sadhana (spiritual practices), such as m...
Great Auspicious Beauty
The Great Auspicious Beauty Tantra or Trashi Dzenden Chenpögyü (Tibetan: བཀྲ་ཤིས་མཛེས་ལྡན་ཆེན་པོའི་རྒྱུད, Wylie: bkra shis mdzes ldan chen po'i rgyud) is numbered amongst the 'Seventeen Tantr...
Tsok
A ganacakra (Sanskrit: गणचक्र ganacakra "gathering circle"; Tibetan: ཚོགས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ།, Wylie: tshogs kyi 'khor lo) is also known as tsog, ganapuja, cakrapuja or ganacakrapuja. It is a gener...
Lion's Perfect Expressive Power
The Lion's Perfect Expressive Power (Tibetan: སེང་གེ་རྩལ་རྫོགས, Wylie: seng ge rtsal rdzogs) is one of the Seventeen tantras of Dzogchen Upadesha.
Sixfold Expanse of Samantabhadra
The Sixfold Expanse of Samantabhadra (Tibetan: ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་པོ་ཀློང་དྲུག, Wylie: kun tu bzang po klong drug) is one of the Seventeen tantras of Dzogchen Upadesha.
Kapala
A kapala (Sanskrit for "skull") or skullcup is a cup made from a human skull used as a ritual implement (bowl) in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana). Especially in Tibet, they were oft...
Piled Gems
Piled Gems, or Rinpo Chepungwa (Tibetan: རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྤུང་བ, Wylie: rin po che spung ba), is one of the Seventeen tantras of Dzogchen Upadesha.
Self-liberated Primordial Awareness
Self-liberated Primordial Awareness (Tibetan: རིག་པ་རང་གྲོལ; Wylie: rig pa rang grol) is one of the Seventeen tantras of Dzogchen Upadesha.
Butter lamp
Butter lamps (Tibetan: དཀར་མེ་, Wylie: dkar me) are a conspicuous feature of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout the Himalayas. The lamps traditionally burn clarified yak but...
Maithuna
Maithuna or Mithuna is a Sanskrit term used in Tantra most often translated as "sexual union" in a ritual context. It is the most important of the five makara and constitutes the main part of the Gran...
Dharmacakra
The dharmacakra, usually written dharmachakra in English (Sanskrit: धर्मचक्र; Pāli: धम्मचक्क dhammachakka; Burmese: ဓမ္မစကြာ ([dəməseʔ tɕà]); Chinese: 法輪; pinyin: fălún; Standard Tibetan&#...
Shakti
Shakti ([ˈʃʌktɪ]) (Devanagari: शक्ति; from Sanskrit shak, "to be able"), meaning "Power" or "empowerment," is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move t...
The Mirror of the Heart of Vajrasattva
The Mirror of the Heart of Vajrasattva (Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ་སྙིང་གི་མེ་ལོང, Wylie: rdo rje sems dpa' snying gi me long) is numbered amongst the 'Seventeen Tantras of Menngagde' (Tibetan...
Phowa
Phowa (Tibetan: འཕོ་བ་; Wylie: 'pho ba; also spelled Powa or Poa phonetically; Sanskrit: saṃkrānti) is a Vajrayāna Buddhist meditation practice. It may be described as "the practice of conscious dyin...
Gankyil
The Gankyil (Tibetan: དགའ་འཁྱིལ་, Lhasa [/kã˥ kiː˥/]) or "wheel of joy" (Sanskrit: ānanda-cakra) is a symbol and ritual tool used in Tibetan and East Asian Buddhism. It is composed of three swirli...
Sādhanā
Sādhanā (Sanskrit: साधना; Tibetan: སྒྲུབ་ཐབས་, Wylie: sgrub thabs, THL druptap), literally "a means of accomplishing something", is an ego-transcending spiritual practice. It includes a v...
Spiritual warrior
The term spiritual warrior is used in Buddhism for one who combats the universal enemy: self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of suffering according to Buddhist philosophy. A heroic being with ...
Ngöndro
The Tibetan term Ngöndro (Wylie: sngon 'gro, pronounced "ngöndro" and known in Sanskrit as pūrvaka) refers to the preliminary, preparatory or foundational practices or disciplines (Sanskrit: sādhanā) ...
Lung (Tibetan Buddhism)
Lung (Standard Tibetan: རླུང rlung) means wind or breath. It is a key concept in the Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and has a variety of meanings. Lung is a concept that's particularly i...
Seventeen tantras
In Tibetan Buddhism, specifically in the literature and practice of Dzogchen, the seventeen tantras of the esoteric instruction cycle (Tibetan: མན་ངག་སྡེའི་རྒྱུད་བཅུ་བདུན, Wylie: man ngag sde...
Yab-Yum
Yab-yum (Tibetan literally, "father-mother") is a common symbol in the Buddhist art of India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet. It represents the primordial union of wisdom and compassion, depicted as a male ...
Tibetan lucky signs
Ashtamangala (Sanskrit: अष्टमंगल Aṣṭamaṅgala, Tibetan: བཀྲ་ཤིས་རྟགས་བརྒྱད་, Wylie: bkra shis rtags brgyad, ZYPY: Zhaxi Dag'gyä, Lhasa dialect IPA: [tʂáɕitaʔ cɛ̀ʔ]; Chinese: 吉祥...
Dakṣiṇācāra
The term Dakshinachara (Right-Hand Path) is a technical term used to refer to Tantric sects that do not engage in heterodox practices. In contrast, Vamachara (Left-Hand Path) is used to describe part...
Three Roots
The Three Roots (Tibetan: tsa sum) of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition are the lama (Sanskrit: guru), yidam (Sanskrit: ishtadevata) and protector, which may be a khandroma (Sanskrit: dakini) or chokyong...
Torma
Torma (Skt: Balingta, Tib: Tor-ma, Wylie: gtor ma) are figures made mostly of flour and butter used in tantric rituals or as offerings in Tibetan Buddhism. They may be dyed in different colors, often ...