T'ai-chi chu'an. (t chee hwaan) An ancient Chinese system of physical exercises, which uses slow movements to help one become part of the universal flow of energy.

talit. (ta lit) A shawl traditionally worn by Jewish men during prayers.

Talmud. (tal mood) Jewish law and lore, as finally compiled in the sixth century CE.

Tanakh. (ta nakh) The Jewish scriptures.

Tantras. (tan tras) The ancient Indian texts based on esoteric worship of the divine as feminine.

Tantrayana. (tan tra ya na) see Vajrayana.

Tao. (dow) (also Dao) The way or path, in Far Eastern traditions. The term is also used as a name for the Nameless.

tariqa. (ta ree ka) In Islam, an esoteric Sufi order.

t'fillin. (te fil in) A small leather box with verses about God's covenant with the Jewish people, bound to the forehead and arm.

thang-ka. (tang ka) In Tibetan Buddhism, an elaborate image of a spiritual figure used as a focus for meditation.

theistic. (thee is tik) Believing in a God or gods.

Theravada. (ter a va da) The remaining orthodox school of Buddhism, which adheres closely to the earliest scriptures and emphasizes individual efforts to liberate the mind from suffering.

Tipitaka. (ti pi ta ka) (Sanskrit: Tripitaka) The foundational "Three Baskets" of Buddha"s teachings.

Tirthankaras. (tir tan kar as) The great enlightened teachers in Jainism, of whom Mahavira was the last in the present cosmic cycle.

Torah. (to raa) The Pentateuch; also, the whole body of Jewish teaching and law.

transcendent. Existing outside the material universe.

transpersonal. Referring to an eternal, infinite reality, in contrast to the finite material world.

transubstantiation. (tran sub stan shee ay shun) In some branches of Christianity, the idea that wine and bread are mystically transformed into the blood and body of Christ during the eucharist sacrament.

Trinity. The Christian doctrine that in the One God are three divine persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Triple Gem. ("Three Refuges") The three jewels of Buddhism: Buddha, dharma, sangha.

tsumi. (tzoo mee) Impurity or misfortune, a quality that Shinto purification practices are designed to remove.

tzaddik. (tzaa dik) An enlightened Jewish mystic.