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These pages offer definitions to help visitors to this site understand what we think we are saying. They are not exactly Huh? What'd he say?dictionary or encyclopedia definitions, although some of it will be drawn from those sources, but rather explanations of what we mean by certain words.

On this page, in alphabetical order, is a list of the words we have defined on those pages. Clicking on any word in the list will jump you to our definition. (In a few cases, the link will take you to a site outside The Zoo Fence where we believe the term or subject is particularly well defined or clearly explained.)

To go directly to any of our definitions page, please click on the link above that corresponds to the first letter of the word you are looking for.

Be alert that some words in Arabic, Hebrew, Sanskrit, and other languages may have various English or Anglicized spellings, like Zoroaster & Zarathustra.

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ACIM
A Course in Miracles
Adidam
Advaita
Ahimsa
Ahura Mazda
Allah
Annapurna
Anthony De Mello
Arabic Words
Thomas Aquinas
Ibn ’Arabi
Ashram
Augustine
Aum
Avatar
Baba
Babu
Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavan
Bible
Bismillah
Bodhidharma
Bodhisattva
Brahman
Buddha
Chakra
Chela
Ch’an
Ch’i
Chinmoy
Christ
Clare
The Cloud of Unknowing
Course in Miracles
Da Free John
Dakini
Dalai Lama
Darsan or Darshan
Dao De Jing
De Mello
Dev
Devil
Dhammapada
Dharma
Dhikr
Dhyana
Dogen
Eckhart
Mary Baker Eddy
Feng Shui
Five Pillars of Islam
Florence Nightingale
Fourth Way
Friends, Society of
Francis of Assisi
Gandhi
Gifts of Spirit
Gita
God
God’s gender
God as Mother
God-Realized
Gospels
Grace
Gurdjieff

Guru
Hadith
Hajj, Hadj
Hanuman
Heresy
Holy Mother
Ibn ’Arabi
Incense
Inshallah
Ishwara
Islam
Japa
Jesus
Ji
Jihad
Kabbala
Kabir
Karma
Katigiri
Khidr, Khadir
Koan
Koran
Krishna
Krishnamurti, J. & U. G.
Kundalini
Lady Tsogyal
La ilaha il-Allah
Lao Tzu
Lucifer
Mahamantra
Maharaj
Maharajji
Maharshi
Mahatma
Mandala
Mantra
Mary Magdalene
Mary & Martha
Maya
Meher Baba
Mother of God
Muhammad
Mysticism
Nagarjuna
Namaste
Names of Allah
Neem Karoli Baba
Nightingale
Nirvana
Nisargadatta
Noble Truths
Orthodox
OM
Ouspensky
Padmasambhava
Paramahansa
Pandit
Phowa
Pir
Prakriti
Prophet
Quakers
Qi
Qur’an
Rab’ia or Rabbia
Rabindranath Tagore
Ramadan
Rama
Ramakrishna
Ramana Maharshi

Reality
Realization
Reincarnation
Religion
Repetitive Prayer
Rinpoche
Roshi
The Rubaiyat
Rumi
Sacrifice
Sadguru
Sadhana
Sadhu
Sai Baba
Saint
Saint Francis
Sakat
Salat
Samadhi
Samsara
Samskara
Sankara
Sannyasin
Satchidananda
Sarada Devi
Satan
Satsang
Satori
Seeker
Self-Realization
Shahada
Shakti
Shalom
Shaman
Shankara
Shaykh, Sheikh
Shema
Siddhi
Siddhi of Annapurna
Society of Friends
Sogyal Rinpoche
Spiritual Tradition
Sri
Sri Chinmoy
St. Francis & Ste. Clare
Stigmata
Sufi
Sunna
Suzuki
Swami
Rabindranath Tagore
Taoism
Tao Te Ching
Teacher
Thomas Aquinas
Traditions
Truth
Lady Tsogyal
Universe
Vichara
Vivekananda
Wali
Yogananda
Yana
Yin-and-Yang
Yoga
Yogananda
Zarathushtra
Zazen
Zen & Zenji
Zoroaster

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For an excellent list of religious groups, sects, and the like,
please consider the Religious Movements Page at the University of Virginia.

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