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Cakra-saṃvara

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism.

(Skt.; Tib., bde-mchog 'khor-lo). Literally ‘The Wheel of Supreme Bliss’, a semi-wrathful yi-dam or tutelary deity with four heads and twelve arms associated with a particular group of...

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Cakra-saṃvara Tantra

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The root tantra of the group of Mother Tantras associated with the yi-dam Cakra-saṃvara. Known as the Śrī-cakra-saṃvara-guhya-cintya Tantra, the root text describes the deity and main...

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Hayagrīva

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

As suggested by his name, a horse-headed figure who first appears in the Mahābhārata and the Purāṇas. One group of stories recounts how, as a daitya, he steals the Vedas from Brahmā, dives...

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Heruka

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

A ‘blood-drinker’; a term for the wrathful deities, such as Hevajra or Cakra-saṃvara.associated with anuttara-yoga-tantra and often adopted by a practitioner as a tutelary deity (yi-dam).

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Hevajra Tantra

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(Skt.). One of the key anuttara-yoga Mother Tantras associated with the yi-dam Hevajra and his consort Nairātmya. The text describes the deity and main meditational practices that relate to...

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kyabdro

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(Tib., skyabs-'gro).

Tibetan term for the act of taking refuge in the three jewels (the Buddha.the Dharma.and the Saṃgha) as a verbal or mental declaration of adherence to...

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Mahākāla

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Sanskrit name meaning ‘The Great Black One’. Originally a non-Buddhist deity, sometimes seen as a form of the Hindu god Śiva (see Hinduism), he is a wrathful tutelary deity (yi-dam) and...

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Mañjuśrī

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One of the great mythical or celestial Bodhisattvas in Mahāyāna Buddhism.also known by the fuller name of Mañjuśrī-kumāra-bhūta. He is first mentioned in some of the early Mahāyāna texts...

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Vajrabhairava

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A tantric tutelary deity (yi-dam), thought to be the wrathful aspect of Mañjughoṣa or Yamāntaka. Meditational practices and rituals associated with Vajrabhairava are expounded in the...

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Vajrakīla

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(Skt,; Tib., rdo-rje phur-ba).

A wrathful tantic tutelary deity (yi-dam), being a personification of the three-sided ritual dagger that is his emblem. He is especially associated...

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