B o d h i s a t t v a

a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings (in Mahayana Buddhism – Mahayana Buddhists do not aspire to enlightenment purely to free themselves from suffering; do so out of compassion in order to liberate other sentient beings). “One committed to enlightenment” or “One who’s essence is perfect knowledge.”

Y a d a

means “to know” in Hebrew, but in a holy sense of the word “knowing” with several meanings depending on context. 1) sexual/loving intimate knowledge, carnal knowledge, sharing love 2) knowledge of mercy and compassion, understanding the needs of others 3) knowledge of just action, faithfully living out our covenant relationship with God in every area of one’s life.

Y a h w e h

a form of the Hebrew name of God used in the Bible and spoken by Moses, Jesus, and the apostles. It means “I AM” and comes from the Hebrew root word which means “to be.” The name came to be regarded by Jews (c. too BC) as too sacred to be spoken (only written), and the vowel sounds are uncertain. Instead, the preferred to call Him “Elohim” (a plural term for God used in a singular sense) rather than “Yahweh,” partly because as Judaism was spreading past it’s local region, the more common noun for “God,” tended to replace yahweh to demonstrate universal sovereignty. By the 4th century, the name was substituted with “Lord” and is the most commonly used translation today.