sutra: Buddhist scriptures, often translated from Sanskrit into Chinese.
taiji: In Neo-Confucianism, the Supreme Ultimate of the universe; the ulti-
mate cosmological reality.
tao: In Taoism, the profound and mystical Way of the universe, which is
ultimately beyond expression and intellection.
Tao-te ching: The classic and authoritative work of Taoism.
TRA: Taiwan Relations Act, passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into
law in 1979, which states that mainland Chinese aggression on Taiwan
would be a matter of “grave concern” to the U.S. government.
Xiucai: Colloquial term for the Shengyuan degree.