The dispersion of Jews beyond Israel, particularly to Persia, Egypt, and the
A precept or commandment of the Jewish law.
A liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is
the great going forth
left being a prince and when out to the wilderness alone
the middle way
teaching that rejects both the pleasures of sensual indulgence and the selfdenial of asceticism, focusing instead on a practical approach to spiritual attainmen
The right of each believer to radically rethink and interpret the ideas and values
of Christianity, apart from any church authority.
"Buy again," "buy back"; the belief that the death of Jesus has paid the price of
A period around 800BC-200BC where similar religious thought transformed
religions across the world to become more individualized.
The invasion of nomadic cattle herders from central Asia to Europe and the
Indian subcontinent occu
supernatural beings who emerged and roamed the earth during the time of the
Dreaming, giving shape to the landscape and forms of life.
the mythic time of Australian Aboriginal Religion when ancestors inhabited the
liberation or release of individual self (atman); salvation; four goals
path of works, performing right actions according to dharma
path of knowledge, true nature of reality through meditation
path of devotion;
Foretelling the future or looking into the past by means of magic.
Emphasizing the organic or functional relation between parts and the whole.
The act of pouring a liquid as an offering to a god.
A human who contacts a
Aztec ritual and human sacrifices
heart to sun
head to sky
willingness to temple's stairs allowing to enter heaven
carried out a lot
a type of supernatural being who tends to disrupt the normal course of life
In Chan and Zen Buddhism, a question that cannot be answered logically; a
technique used to test consciousness and bring awakening.
A Tibetan Buddhist teacher; a title of honor often given to all Tibetan monks.
A Buddha (or bodhisattva
"Liberation" from personal limitation, egotism, and rebirth.
The philosophical position that all apparently separate realities are ultimately
one; the belief that God and the universe are the same, that the universe is divine.
A revelation or appearance of God.
Day of Atonement, the most sacred day of the Jewish year.
A movement that has encouraged the creation and support of the nation of
The foundation stones of the western w