Dictionary of Key Spiritual Terms

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See also covenant, judge
  1. kha chad/ 

    [hon. zhal chad/ ]

    Biblical: a promise or agreement: dkon mchog gi zhal chad la the tshom ma byas/  did not doubt the promise of God (Rom. 4:20), zhal chad dang bstun te brgyud 'dzin yin/  heirs according to the promise (Gal. 3:29), tshe'i zhal chad/  the promise of life (2 Tim. 1:1), khong gi bde ba'i nang 'jug pa'i zhal chad/  the promise of entering his rest (Heb. 4:1), zhal chad la bshol mi 'debs/  not slow in keeping his promise (2 Pet. 3:9).

  2. kha chad byed pa/ 

    [hon. zhal chad mdzad/ ]

    Biblical: to promise: gzhan la thar ba'i kha chad byed/  they promise them freedom (2 Pet. 2:19), kho la dngul ster ba'i kha chad byas/  promised to give him money (Mk. 14:11), kha chad byas pa'i 'bul/  the gift you had promised (2 Cor. 9:5), nga'i yab kyis zhal chad mdzad pa/  what my Father has promised (Lk. 24:49), dkon mchog gis ab ra ham la zhal chad mdzad pa'i skabs su/  when God made his promise to Abraham (Heb. 6:13), zhal chad mdzad pa'i yul/  the promised land (Heb. 11:9,10).

  3. khas len/ 

    [hon. zhal bzhes/ ]

    Biblical: a promise: bsnyen bkur dang /,,zhal bzhes/  the worship and the promises (Rom. 9:4), zhal bzhes la mnyam du spyod mkhan/  sharers together in the promise (Eph. 3:6).

    Buddhist: 1) ordinary term for a promise or commitment: a ga ra la phyir log rgyu'i khas len/  [their] commitment to return to Agra (TRC 154), khas len dam bca' de lag len nan tan byas/  promise seriously to put into practice (BFT 21); 2) to accept a principle or set of beliefs: dge 'dun pa rnams dbyar snga ma khas len dgos pa red/  the monks ought to accept the precepts of the earlier summer retreat (TRC 50), nang pa'i lta ba khas len pa/  one who accepts a Bst. viewpoint (TRC 94).

    Cognates: khas len/  p. blangs/  f. blang /  imp. longs/  to promise: khas blangs pa'i yon/  the promised gift (2 Cor. 9:5 SV).

  4. zhal gyis bzhes pa/ 


    Biblical: to promise: zhal gyis bzhes pa'i dam pa'i thugs nyid/  the promised Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33), dkon mchog gis ab ra ham la zhal gyis bzhes pa'i dus/  the time for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham (Acts 7:17), zhal bzhes brnyed pa'i phyir/  so that [you] will receive what he has promised (Heb. 10:36).

    Buddhist: to promise: sangs rgyas bcom ldan 'das kyis de ltar zhal gyis bzhes so/  the Buddha promised to do so (SGN 22).