When we read the Buddha’s teachings, we may need to learn some new words. Here is the meaning of some of the words that may be new to you. If you are still unsure about a lot of words, you may want to install some dictionary software.

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  • hindrances

    The five hindrances (pañca nīvarana) are lust, hatred, sleepiness, restlessness & remorse, and doubt. The hindrances block our concentration and our wisdom.
  • homelessness

    When we talk about someone "going forth from the lay life to homelessness" it means they become a monk or nun.
  • household life

    When a person lives an ordinary life, not being a monk or nun, we call this the household life.