note: wiley romanized tibetan in parentheses.
Achong (a skyung). Chiefdom on the Yellow River, west of the author’s home.
Akhu (a khu). Lit. “Uncle.” Informal way of addressing a monk.
Alak (a lags). One of the principal reincarnated lamas of a monastery.
Amchod (a mchod). Wandering monk. A performer of Tantric ceremonies
and exorcisms.
Amnye Machen Pomra (a myes rma chen spom ra). Sacred mountain in Amdo,
permanently glaciated.
Ani (a ne). Informal way of addressing a nun.
Argali. Wild sheep.
Atarwatar (a thar ba thar). Dish made from placenta.
Bardo (bar do). Intermediate state. In Tibetan Buddhism, a period of limbo between
the death and reincarnation of the consciousness.
Barkhor (bar bskor). Circumambulation route around Jokhang Temple in Lhasa.
Central district of Lhasa surrounding the Jokhang Temple.
Chabri (chab ril ). Wooden stiffener attached to a monk’s skirt covered by
a square cloth.
Chage (khya dge). Monk of Chugama Monastery.
Chaggor (lcags skor). Metal mace attached to a rope used as a weapon.
Chagpori (lcags po ri). Mountain in Lhasa opposite the Potala palace.
Changchub (byang chub). Future Buddha or bodhisattva.
Changtang (byang thang). Dry, desert wilderness in northern Tibet.
Chenrezig (spyan ras gzigs). Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
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