male and female lay Buddhist practitioners.
(Skt.): Litterally 'attendant'. Buddhist lay-person (taken REFUGE in the BUDDHA, DHARMA, SANGHA) and holder of the 5 LAY PRECEPTS. Upasaka is the male form, Upasika is the female form.
a disciple or chela, a devoted servant and follower of the Higher Laws of Life, or of a spiritual teacher