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Pāli Glossary

Here is a Theravada Buddhist glossary of Pāli terms, including the preferred and alternative translation for each word, organized in lists. 

10 perfections (pāramī)​


Pāli Term

Preferred Translation

Alternate Translations

1

dāna

generosity

giving

2

sīla

ethics

virtue, morality

3

nekkhamma

renunciation

letting go

4

paññā

wisdom

knowledge, discernment, insight

5

viriya

energy

vigor, 

6

khanti

patience

forbearance

7

sacca

truthfulness

truth

8

adhiṭṭhāna

determination

persistence

9

mettā

lovingkindness

good will, friendliness, benevolence

10

upekkhā

equanimity

equilibrium,

3 baskets (piṭaka)


Pāli Term

Preferred Translation

Alternate Translations

1

Vinaya

Discipline

monastic code, discipline, law

2

Sutta

Discourses

scriptures

3

Abhidhamma

Analysis

analytical texts

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