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Upasaka (devanāgarī: उपासक upāsaka, feminine upāsikā) is a Sanskrit and Pāli word for "attendant" or "he who serves". The word refers to "lay auxiliaries" of a Buddhist monastic community who are not monks, nuns, or novice monastics, and who undertake certain vows.[1]

H. P. Blavatsky was frequently referred to as "Upasika" by the Mahatmas.

Further reading


  1. Jan Nattier, A Few Good Men: The Bodhisattva Path according to The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugraparpṛcchā) (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2003), 25.