Key Terms for Understanding Anne Waldman’s book Manatee/Humanity
1. 1. Buddhism: a religion, originated in India by Buddha (Gautama) and later spreading to China, Burma, Japan, Tibet, and parts of southeast Asia, holding that life is full of suffering caused by desire and that the way to end this suffering is through enlightenment that enables one to halt the endless sequence of births and deaths to which one is otherwise subject.
2. Kalachakra: the wheel of time
3. Tantra: a stream of continuity or thread of one’s own mind, which continues through lifetimes.
4. Mind/Consciousness: a radio always turned on and “primordial pure light”
5. Time: a measure of change with no beginning or end, only cycles in the wheel of time
6. Liberation: consciousness found after removing one’s self from the cycles of time
7. Interconnectedness: the Buddhist view that all life-forms are interrelated through their evolutionary history and that animal and human minds are both participants in reality.