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Buddhism Teaching Resources

Buddhism Teaching Resources

Teach about Buddhism with a little help from Edinburgh Buddhist Studies

Glossary of key terms

Choosing what terms to teach pupils and what language to use is tricky, especially when textbooks use different spellings and often contain mistakes. Here is a short glossary that I use to help me and my students navigate the most important terms, in English, Sanskrit and Pali.

Download as a word file: Glossary for teaching Buddhism (word doc)

Download as a pdf file: Glossary for teaching Buddhism (pdf)

For more on my thoughts about terminology in the teaching of Buddhism, see my piece in the RE Today magazine in 2024.

Happy teaching!


Professor Naomi Appleton, University of Edinburgh

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