84000 Glossary of Terms

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རིགས་ཀྱི་བུ། | Glossary of Terms


    rigs kyi bu


  • Term
Publications: 4

Indian term of address and endearment used toward a student. While this is usually a characteristic pertaining to brahmins (i.e., born in the brahmin caste to seven-generation brahmin parents), the Buddha redefined noble birth as determined by an individual’s ethical conduct and integrity. Thus, someone who enters the Buddha’s Saṅgha is called a “son or daughter of noble family” and is in this sense “good” or “noble” and considered born again (dvija, or “twice born”). In Mahāyāna sūtras, it can also carry the sense of follower of the bodhisattva path.