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anim nun

anim goempa

nunnery

arhats followers (those who had extinguished all defilements)
B
bazam, bazaam wooden roofed cantilever bridge , traditional bridge

bdud

demon

Buddha Sakyamuni

founder of the faith and is represented in all the Buddhist schools in the country

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C
chams

champon

religious dances

master dancer

choep

water offering

choeps

chodey lhengtshog

local monks

religious commission

Choekhang

open hall for religious discourse

choejey hereditary nobles
chupen messenger
D
dharma Buddhist teaching

dhukhang

congregation hall, meeting hall for monks

doe
great altar representing the universe
dongkhep
cover of a thangka
dongyu zinpa lineage holders

Dra-phu

meditation cave

Draps

workers of the Lam

dratshang

central monk body

Dratshang Lhentshog Council for Religious Affairs

Druk Gyalpo

King of Bhutan

dzong

fort-monastery

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E
ema shiku pickle bowl
F
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G

gelongs

monks

geomba

Buddhist monastery

goenkhang

inner chapel of the lhakhang

goenpos

deitiy

goenwang drubchog

ritual ceremonies

Gonpoi Tongtshog Tangra

offering to the country's guardian deities

gomchens

lay monks

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J

japhop

bowl for tea or curry

jhou

Lord Buddha image

Je Khenpo

Chief Abbot

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K
karme kom
butter lamp

Karsapani

self created image of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvaraon a bone relic

kasho edict
kudung relics
Kuenrey congregation hall, common hall, prayer hall

Kuenyer

caretaker

L
lam one who conducts funeral rites

lhakhang

monastery

lhatsho scared pond
Lopen highest ranking lama just under His Holiness Je Khenpo

Luu Chok

religious ceremony for sub-surface spirits

Lyonpo minister
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M
Machen Zimpon chamberlain for Zhabdrung
Ngawang Namgyal's embalmed
body in Punakha Dzong

mani lakhor

prayer wheels

melong

painting of a thangka

menjim precious substances
N
namkha thread-cross construction

nangten

religious treasure

Ngag

mantra recitation

Ngakpa

lay monk

Ngachham

Dance of the Drums

nye

sacred place

nyendar monetary offering
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P
Phurpa thunderbolt
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Q
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R
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S

Sa Chhoe Jhin Gi Lap

blessing of the site

saga dawa

fourth Bhutanese month

serdang

ceremonial procession

serto

golden pinnacle

sertog

gilded pinnacle

suja butter tea
T
tarey horse stable
Tashichhodzong
fortress of glorious religion

ting

offering bowl

ten

sacred artifact

terchham

treasure dance

terton treasure discoverer

thangka

scroll painting

thanja

textile around the painting of a thangka

Thri
admonition
thrikhang religious podium
thudam permanent retreat

torma

sacrificial food offering

Tshechu

mask dance festival

thudam permanent retreat
tshamkhang meditation quarter
tshethar Buddhist practice of saving animal lives
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U
Uraps

Utse

people of Ura

central tower

V
Vajrayana practices of Ngak recitation of mantras
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W
wang-lung-thri-sum blessing, oral transmission and admonition

wang tshochengye

woola

wonju

the eight great clans or geogs

voluntary labour contribution

blouse

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Y
yeshey semba


essence of primordial wisdom deity


Z
Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
(1594-1651) ,a great spiritual personality and leader who brought an end to warring factions and unified the country into one nation, establishing a theocracy.

Zhabdrung Dagnangmai Tshewand

blessing for long life

Zheps

noblemen dancers

zhungdra classical song sung in meditative style without music

zungs

sacred relics

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