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With over fifteen hundred entries and forty-six illustrations, this is the most complete compact reference work of its kind available in the English language. It is designed not only for students and meditators but also as a tool to help familiarize all readers with Buddhist terms and concepts that are encountered with increasing regularity in the literature of a wide range of fields today–such as chakra, karma, koan, nirvana, and tantra. The lives and teachings of important philosophers and meditation masters, the variety of practices, the basic texts and scriptures, and the range of sects and schools of thought are among the subjects covered. Pronunciation tables, a comprehensive bibliography, and a Ch’an/Zen lineage chart are also provided.