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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Buddhistadjective

    one who follows the teachings of Buddha

  2. Buddhist, Buddhisticadjective

    of or relating to or supporting Buddhism

    "Buddhist sculpture"


  1. Buddhistnoun

    A practitioner of the religion and philosophy of Buddhism.

  2. Buddhistnoun

    A follower of the Indian religious and spiritual teacher, Buddha.

  3. Buddhistadjective

    of, relating to, or practicing Buddhism


  1. Buddhist

    Buddhism ( BUU-dih-zəm, BOOD-), also known as Buddha Dharma and Dharmavinaya (transl. "doctrines and disciplines"), is an Indian religion or philosophical tradition based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. It originated in present-day North India as a śramaṇa–movement in the 5th century BCE, and gradually spread throughout much of Asia via the Silk Road. It is the world's fourth-largest religion, with over 520 million followers (Buddhists) who comprise seven percent of the global population.The Buddha taught the Middle Way, a path of spiritual development that avoids both extreme asceticism and hedonism. It aims at liberation from attachment or clinging to that which is impermanent (anitya), incapable of satisfying (duḥkha), and without a lasting essence (anātman). A summary of this path is expressed in the Noble Eightfold Path, a training of the mind through observance of Buddhist ethics and meditation, with the intention of ending the cycle of death and rebirth (saṃsāra). Other widely observed practices include: monasticism; "taking refuge" in the Buddha, the dharma, and the saṅgha; and the cultivation of perfections (pāramitā).Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravāda (lit. 'School of the Elders') and Mahāyāna (lit. 'Great Vehicle'). The Theravāda branch has a widespread following in Sri Lanka as well as in Southeast Asia (namely Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia). The Mahāyāna branch—which includes the traditions of Zen, Pure Land, Nichiren, Tiantai, Tendai, and Shingon—is predominantly practiced in Nepal, Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. Additionally, Vajrayāna (lit. 'Indestructible Vehicle'), a body of teachings attributed to Indian adepts; may be viewed as a separate branch or an aspect of the Mahāyāna tradition. Tibetan Buddhism, which preserves the Vajrayāna teachings of eighth-century India; is practiced in the Himalayan states as well as in Mongolia and Russian Kalmykia. Historically, until the early 2nd millennium, Buddhism was widely practiced in the Indian subcontinent; it also had a foothold to some extent elsewhere in Asia, namely Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines. Buddhist schools vary in their interpretation of the paths to liberation (mārga) as well as the relative importance and canonicity assigned to various Buddhist texts, and their specific teachings and practices. The Theravada Buddhist tradition emphasizes transcending the individual self through the attainment of nirvāṇa (lit. 'quenching'), while the Mahayana tradition emphasizes the Bodhisattva-ideal.


  1. buddhist

    A Buddhist is an individual who follows or practices Buddhism, a philosophical and spiritual tradition founded by Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha, around 2,500 years ago in India. Buddhists adhere to teachings and principles such as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and concepts of karma, rebirth, and nirvana, seeking to attain spiritual enlightenment and liberation from suffering and cycles of rebirth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buddhistnoun

    one who accepts the teachings of Buddhism

  2. Buddhistadjective

    of or pertaining to Buddha, Buddhism, or the Buddhists

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buddhist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buddhist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of buddhist in a Sentence

  1. Fadel Zeidan:

    All the anesthesiologists we’re working with were blown away, for thousands of years, Buddhist monks have said that meditation reduces pain in a unique fashion. With the advent of neuroimaging and pharmacologic studies, only recently have we been able to examine and potentially verify what they’re saying.

  2. Richard Horsey:

    The ANP would also have a somewhat stronger voice than they do now in national politics, and would form part of a Buddhist-conservative bloc in the new parliament.

  3. Moe Yan Naing:

    I am a Buddhist, I can find peace with that through our Buddhist way.

  4. Richard Horsey:

    If the ANP wins the expected landslide, they will claim a strong mandate to secure the chief minister position and pursue their political agenda - including, potentially, further restrictions on the Muslim population, the ANP would also have a somewhat stronger voice than they do now in national politics, and would form part of a Buddhist-conservative bloc in the new parliament.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    Neither Buddha built a Buddhist temple nor did Christ build a Catholic church, but these humans in their name have left the spirituality seekers in the lurch. No religious organizations have ever delivered God to humans, yes an idea of God may have been made available. The divinity has to be self realized, stop searching in temples, look within and get MickeyMized.

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