Here’s a short primer on the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism and some of their key practices.
Zen master Dogen wrote that someone working to benefit others should maintain three minds: magnanimous mind, parental mind, and joyful mind.
Buddhist training falls into three categories: sila (discipline or ethical living, samadhi (concentration), and prajna (insight or wisdom).
The brahmaviharas are four prized emotions or mindstates that give us a framework to cultivate positive behaviors and minimize harmful ones.
The five powers are a set of qualities that work in a sequence to support awakening.
According to Buddhism, people are made of five aggregates, or “heaps.” These are known in Sanskrit as the skandhas.
The three poisons are the energy of ego’s three basic attitudes—for me, against me, and don’t care.
Sangha is one of the three jewels of Buddhism. Traditionally, the sangha is dividied into four categories, known as the fourfold sangha
The three marks of existence—impermanence, suffering, and no self—are the Buddha’s basic description of reality.
The 12 nidanas, which are pictured as the outer circle in the Wheel of Life, describe the chain of causation by which the cycle of death and rebirth known as samsara is created.