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Glossary of Religion

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rabbi
(Hebrew, "teacher"). Jewish spiritual leader.
rainbow body
The penultimate transitional state of meditation in which matter begins to be transformed into pure light. It is said to be the highest state attainable in the realm of samsara before the "clear light" of Nirvana.
Ramadan
The ninth month in the Islamic calendar, for the duration of which Muslims fast during the daylight hours to commemorate the giving of the Qur'an.
Ramayana
Very popular Hindu epic, composed around 700 CE by Valmiki. It is as long as the Christian Bible and tells the story of the virtuous hero Rama who rescues his beloved Sita from the evil king.
Rambam
(acrostic for Rabbi Moses ben Maimon) Maimonides.
ranto
(Japanese, "egg-shaped tower"). Tower on the tomb of a Zen monk.
Ratnakuta
(Sanskrit, "jewel" + "mountain"). Collection of Mahayana scriptures. Only four works survive in the original Sanskrit, but there were probably once 49 short sections.
Ratnasambhava
(Sanskrit, "jewel-born one"). One of the five Dhyani Buddhas.
Real Presence
In Catholic and some Protestant churches, the physical and spiritual presence of the body and blood of Christ in the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
reasoning
Informal gathering of Rastas featuring ganja smoking and discussion.
rector
In Anglicanism, the elected pastor of a financially self-supported congregation. If there are several clergy in the congregation, the rector has primary responsibility for directing worship.
red
Symbolizes blood, fire, and related concepts.
ren
(Chinese) humaneness or benevolence; central principle of Confucianism
Responsa
a vast collection (thousands of volumes) of answers to specific questions on Jewish law
ringstone
One of the main symbols of the Bahá'í Faith, it is named for its common use on Bahá'í rings. It consists of two stars (representing the "twin manifestations" of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh) interspersed with a stylized Bahá’ (Persian for "Glory").
roshi
(Japanese). Zen spiritual teacher.
rujia
"Confucian teaching." Confucianism as a philosophy or school of thought.
rujiao
"Confucian religion." Refers to Confucianism as a religion or religious group.
Russian Orthodox cross
Cross with three bars, the lowest bar low and slanted.
ruxue
"Confucian learning." Confucianism as a philosophy or school of thought.

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