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Vaibhashika - School of Buddhist philosophy based on the Abhidharma teachings compiled in the Mahavidhasa [RY]

Vaibhashika (bye brag smra ba). One of the two main Hinayana schools of philosophy. [RY]

Vaibhashika (bye brag smra ba). One of the two main Hinayana schools of philosophy. It is based on the Abhidharma teachings compiled in the Mahavidhasa, the treatise known as the Great Treasury of Detailed Exposition (bye brag bshad mdzod chen mo). [EMP] [RY]

Vaibhashika School; detailed expl. of view; viewpoint of the noble potential [LW1] [RY]

Vairocana (rnam (par) snang (mdzad)). 'The Sun-like', n. of a Buddha, Lord of the Tathagata Family. [RY]

Vairocana (rNam par snang mdzad) one of the five Dhyanibuddhas. [RY]

Vairochana (rnam par snang mdzad lo tsa ba). 1) One of the five families, the chief buddha of the tathagata family. 2) The great and unequalled translator during the reign of King Trisong Deutsen. Vairochana, (also pronounced vairo-tsa-na), was recognized by Padmakara as a reincarnation of an Indian pandita. He was among the first seven monks and was sent to India to study with Shri Singha. Shri Singha in turn entrusted Vairochana with the task of propagating the Mind Section and Space Section of Dzogchen in Tibet. He is one of the three main masters to bring the Dzogchen teachings to Tibet, the two others being Padmakara and Vimalamitra. Vairochana's chief disciples were Yudra Nyingpo, Sangtön Yeshe Lama, Pang Gen Sangye Gönpo, Jnana Kumara of Nyag, and Lady Yeshe Drönma. An especially renowned disciple was the old Pang Gen Mipham Gönpo whose disciples attained the rainbow body for seven generations by means of the oral instructions entitled Dorje Zampa, the Vajra Bridge. Tsele Natsok Rangdröl, Terdag Lingpa Gyurmey Dorje, and Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye are regarded as reincarnations of Vairochana. [ZL] [RY]

Vairochana (rnam par snang mdzad). 1) One of the five families, the chief buddha of the sugata family. 2) The great translator at the time of King Trisong Deutsen. [RY]

Vairochana (Skt. vai ro ca na). The great Tibetan translator at the time of King Trisong Deutsen. Recognized by Padmakara as a reincarnation of an Indian pandita, he was among the first seven monks and sent to India to study with Shri Singha. He is also one of the three main masters to bring the Dzogchen teachings to Tibet, the two others being Padmakara and Vimalamitra. [RY]

Vairochana (Skt.). The great and unequalled translator during the reign of King Trisong Deutsen. Among the first seven Tibetan monks, he was sent to India to study with Shri Singha. Along with Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra, he was one of the three main masters to bring the Dzogchen teachings to Tibet. [Bardo Guide 91] [RY]

Vairochana (Skt.). The great translator who lived during the reign of King Trisong Deutsen. Among the first seven Tibetan monks, he was sent to India to study with Shri Singha. Along with Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra, he was one of the three main masters to bring the Dzogchen teachings to Tibet.[AL] [RY]

Vairochana Immense Ocean (rnam snang gangs chen mtsho) [LW1] [RY]

Vairochana, as former life of Jamgön Kongtrül [LW1] [RY]

Vaishnava [LW1] [RY]

Vaishravana (Tib. rnam thos sras), the god of wealth. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Vaisnava. A follower of Visnu. [RY]

Vaitulyavadins - A school in Sri Lanka that exercised great influence by Mahayana ideas [RY]

Vajra (rdo rje) 'diamond scepter'; the active symbol of the means for attaining wisdom. [RY]

Vajra (rdo rje). 1. The magical weapon of the Vedic god Indra, made of metal and very hard and sharp. 2. A thunderbolt. 3. A Tantric implement symbolizing method (Compassion), held in the right hand (male side), cf. Bell. Also a part of various other Tantric implements, e.g. v. hook, a hook with v. shaped knobs on. 4. As a description of anything that is supposed to be impenetrably hard (v. wall, v. tent) or indestructible (Vajrayana and just about everything involved in it) adamantine. [RY]

Vajra (rdo rje). 'Diamond,' 'king of stones.' As an adjective it means indestructible, invincible, firm etc. The ultimate vajra is emptiness, the conventional vajra is the ritual implement of material substance. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra (rdo rje). 'Diamond,' 'king of stones.' As an adjective it means indestructible, invincible. The conventional vajra is the ritual implement of material substance; the ultimate vajra is emptiness. [Bardo Guide 91] [RY]

Vajra (rdo rje). Literally, 'diamond,' 'king of stones.' As an adjective it means indestructible, invincible, firm etc. There is the ultimate vajra of emptiness, the conventional vajra of material substance with attributes, and the apparent symbolic or labelled vajra of the name. [RY]

vajra (rdo rje); different meanings of [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Above Earth Tantra (rdo rje sa bla'i rgyud). A tantra belonging to Kriya Yoga. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Arrayed Palace of Guhyamantra (gsang sngags rdo rje bkod pa'i pho brang). The residence of Chokgyur Lingpa. [RY]

Vajra Bearer Empowerment Tantra (lag na rdo rje dbang bskur ba'i rgyud). A tantra belonging to Upa Yoga. [ZL] [RY]

vajra being (rdor sems); as synonym for sugata essence; expl. [LW1] [RY]

VAJRA BODY (rdo rje'i lus) (/ sku). The human body, the subtle channels of which resemble the structure of a vajra.[AL] [RY]

Vajra body endowed with the six elements (khams drug ldan pa'i rdo rje'i lus). The six outer elements are the five elements and the element of mental objects (chos khams). The six inner elements are flesh, blood, warmth, breath, vacuities and the all-ground consciousness. The six secret elements are the nadis as the stable earth element, the syllable HANG at the crown of the head as the liquid water element, the A-stroke at the navel center as the warm fire element, the life-prana (srog gi rlung) as the moving wind element, the avadhuti as the void space element, and the all-ground wisdom as the cognizant wisdom element. This last category is special. [RY] vajra body endowed with the six elements [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Club of the Lord of Secrets (gsang bdag rdo rje be con). See Sangdak Dorje Bechön [LW1] [RY]

Vajra consort (rdo rje'i gzungs ma). A spiritual attendant in Vajrayana practice. [RY]

Vajra Dome (rdo rje gur) [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Dome (rdo rje gur) which is the Instruction Tantra of the Two Discernments (brtag gnyis man ngag rgyud) [RY]

Vajra Essence [LW1] [RY]

Vajra family (rdo rje'i rigs). One of the five families. [RY]

Vajra friend (rdo rje grogs po). A fellow practitioner with whom one shares the sacred link of having the same master, practice or having received teaching together. [RY]

Vajra Garbha [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Garland (rdo rje phreng ba) [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Garland (rdo rje phreng ba). [EMP] [RY]

Vajra Garland Tantra (rgyud rdor phreng) [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Guru Immense Ocean [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Guru Mantra - The twelve-syllable mantra of Guru Padmasambhava, om ah hum vajra guru padma siddhi hum. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Vajra Guru Mantra (badz ra gu ru sngags). Om ah hung vajra guru padma siddhi hung. [RY]

Vajra Guru mantra [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Guru mantra. [RY]

VAJRA HELL (rdo rje'i myal ba). The lowest hell of Incessant Pain. [AL] [RY]

Vajra Holder (rdo rje 'chang). See 'vajradhara.' [RY]

vajra holder (rdo rje 'dzin pa) Can either refer to Vajradhara or to a vajracarya. [Rain of Wisdom]

Vajra holder (rdo rje 'dzin pa). 1) Respectful title for an accomplished master. 2) The state of enlightenment. [RY]

vajra holder [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Holder, Lake-Born. See Padmasambhava [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Kilaya (rdo rje phur ba). One of the main yidams of the Nyingma School belonging to the Eight Sadhana Teachings. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Kilaya (rdo rje phur ba). One of the main yidams of the Nyingma tradition. [RY]

Vajra Kilaya mantra. [RY]

Vajra Kumara (rdo rje gzhon nu). Same as Vajra Kilaya/ Dorje Phurpa. [RY]

Vajra master (rdo rje slob dpon). A tantric master who is adept in the rituals and meaning of Vajrayana. The master from whom one receives tantric teaching and empowerment. Can also refer to the master who presides over a tantric ritual. [ZL] [RY]

vajra master [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Master. Vajra Master: Sanskrit: Vajracharya. Tibetan: rdo rje slob dpon. This term here refers to a guru who is a Vajrayana master. It is however frequently used within a monastic context where it means the one who is in charge of the Vajrayana rituals, pujas, etc., which is not the meaning intended here. [Peter Roberts]

Vajra Mirror Tantra (rdo rje me long gi rgyud) [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Mirror Tantra (rdo rje me long gi rgyud). One of the [RY]

Vajra Necklace, a life story of Padmasambhava by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye (1813-1899). 24 pages. Tibetan title: gu ru'i rnam thar rdo rje'i rgyan phreng. Short terma in poetry. Included by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse in the Rinchen Terdzö. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Peak Tantra (Skt. Vajrasekhara-mahaguhya-yogatantra, Tib. gsang ba rnal 'byor chen po'i rgyud rdo rje rtse mo, T 480). [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Vajra Pestle Tantra (rdo rje be con gyi rgyud). A tantra belonging to Kriya Yoga. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Pinnacle Tantra (rdo rje rtse mo'i rgyud). One the Four Major Sections of Yoga Tantra. [ZL] [RY]

vajra recitation of the solitude of speech (ngag dben rdor bzlas) [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Seat (rdo rje gdan), Skt. vajrasana. The 'diamond seat' under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya where Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment. [ZL] [RY]

VAJRA SEAT (rdo rje gdan), Skt. vajrasana. The 'diamond throne' under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya where Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment. [AL] [RY]

Vajra Sharpness Tantra (rdo rje rnon po'i rgyud). A tantra belonging to Kriya Yoga. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Subjugator (rdo rje rnam 'joms). A Mahayana sutra. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Tent Tantra (the full title of which is in Skt. dakini-vajra-panjara-mahatantraraja-kalpa, in Tib. mkha' 'gro ma rdo rje gur zhes bya ba'i rgyud gi rgyal po, T 419). [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Vajra Throne. [Daki] [RY]

VAJRA TÖTRENG (rdo rje thod phreng). 'Vajra Garland of skulls.' One of Padmasambhava's names. [AL] [RY]

Vajra Tötreng Tsal (rdo rje thod phreng rtsal). 'Powerful Vajra Garland of skulls.' One of Padmasambhava's names. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Under Earth Tantra (rdo rje sa 'og gi rgyud). A tantra belonging to Kriya Yoga. [ZL] [RY] Vajra Varahi (rdo rje phag mo). A sambhogakaya manifestation of the female buddha Samantabhadri. She is also one of the chief yidam deities of the Sarma Schools, as well as a wisdom dakini. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra Varahi (rdo rje phag mo). One of the chief yidam deities of the New Schools. [RY]

Vajra vehicle (rdo rje theg pa). See 'Vajrayana.' [RY]

Vajra Vehicle of Secret Mantra (gsang sngags rdo rje'i theg pa). See Secret Mantra. [RY]

Vajra Vehicles of Secret Mantra (gsang sngags rdo rje theg pa) [LW1] [RY]

Vajra vehicles of the resultant Secret Mantra ('bras bu gsang sngags rdo rje theg pa). See 'Secret Mantra.' [RY]

Vajra Vehicles. See also Vajrayana, Mantrayana; of Secret Mantra; superiority over the Philosophical Vehicles; of taking the result as the path; resultant Vajra Vehicles [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Verse Supplication (rdo rje tshig gi gsol 'debs). Same as Dusum Sangye. [RY]

Vajra Vidarana (rnam 'joms) [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Vidharana. "The Vajra Conqueror". (rdo rje rnam par 'joms pa). A deity practiced for the removal of contamination and negativity. There are various forms of the deity. [Peter Roberts]

Vajra Vidharana. (rdo rje rnam par 'joms pa). A deity practiced for the removal of contamination and negativity. There are various forms of the deity. [Peter Roberts]

vajra wind [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Wisdom Scripture [LW1] [RY]

Vajra Yogini - The teaching on The Ground of Cutting Through, along with 51 others, were received from Vajra Yogini by Yeshe Tsogyal in a vision during the dream state. After being concealed as a terma for centuries, it was revealed by the incarnated dakini Kunga Bum and given to Dungtso Repa, a great tertön known for the Dzogchen transmission of the Yangti Nagpo. Later, this same treasure was rediscovered by Chokgyur Lingpa. [RY]

Vajra Yogini Yeshe Tsogyal [LW1] [RY]

Vajrayogini. (rje btsun rdo rje rnal 'byor ma) [Daki] [RY]

Vajra; different meanings of; expl.; [LWx] [RY]

Vajra-being (rdor sems) is the unity of emptiness and compassion and the inseparability of emptiness and bliss. [RY]

vajra-being (rdor sems); as synonym for sugata essence; as synonym for sugata essence, expl. [LWx] [RY]

Vajrabodhi - Eight century tantric master in China and Sri Lanka [RY]

Vajradhara (rDo rje 'chang) lit. 'the Bearer of the vajra'; all-embracing Buddha nature. [RY]

Vajradhara (rdo rje 'chang). 'Vajra-holder.' The dharmakaya buddha of the Sarma Schools. Can also refer to one's personal teacher of Vajrayana or to the all-embracing buddha nature. [ZL] [RY]

Vajradhara (rdo rje 'chang). 'Vajra-holder.' The dharmakaya buddha of the Sarma Schools. Can also refer to one's personal teacher of Vajrayana or to the all-embracing buddha nature.[AL] [RY]

Vajradhara {rdo rje 'chang}. Vajraholder. In the New Tradition he is the primordial Buddha, source of all the tantras. In the Ancient Tradition he represents the principle of the teacher as enlightened holder of the Vajrayana teachings. Can also refer to one's personal teacher of Vajrayana or to the all-embracing Buddha nature. [RY]

Vajradhara of Uddiyana (o rgyan rdo rje 'chang). One of the names of Guru Rinpoche. [RY]

Vajradhara of Uddiyana [LW1] [RY]

Vajradhara of Uddiyana; alias Padmasambhava [LWx] [RY]

Vajradhara, the sixth buddha [LW1] [RY]

Vajradhara. 'Vajra-holder.' The dharmakaya buddha of the Sarma Schools. Can also refer to one's personal teacher of Vajrayana or to the all-embracing buddha nature.[Primer] [RY]

Vajradhatu (rdo rje dbyings). Indestructible innate space. [ZL] [RY]

Vajradhatu mandala (rdo rje dbyings kyi dkyil 'khor). An important sadhana of mahayoga. [RY]

VAJRADHATU MANDALA (rdo rje dbyings kyi dkyil 'khor). An important sadhana of Mahayoga containing the 42 peaceful deities. [AL] [RY]

Vajradhatu Mandala of Peaceful Deities (zhi ba rdo rje dbyings kyi dkyil 'khor). An important sadhana of Mahayoga. See also 'Forty-two peaceful deities.' [ZL] [RY]

Vajradhatu Temple at Karchung (skar chung rdor dbyings kyi lha khang). [ZL] [RY]

VAJRA-HOLDER (rdo rje 'dzin pa). 1) Respectful title for an accomplished master. 2) The state of enlightenment.[AL] [RY]

Vajra-holder of Uddiyana (o rgyan rdo rje 'chang). Same as Guru Rinpoche. [RY]

Vajrakaya (rdo rje'i sku). The unchanging quality of the buddha nature. Sometimes counted among the five kayas of buddhahood. [ZL] [RY]

VAJRAKAYA (rdo rje'i sku). The unchanging quality of the buddha nature. Sometimes counted among the five kayas of buddhahood. [AL] [RY]

vajrakaya [LW1] [RY]

Vajrakilaya (rdo rje phur bu) one of the major Herukas; wrathful aspect of Amoghasiddhi. [RY]

Vajra-like samadhi (rdo rje lta bu'i ting nge 'dzin). The final stage of the tenth bhumi which results in buddhahood. [RY]

Vajralike samadhi (rdo rje lta bu'i ting nge 'dzin). The final stage of the tenth bhumi which results in buddhahood. [RY]

vajra-like samadhi [LWx] [RY]

vajralike samadhi. See samadhi [LW1] [RY]

Vajrapani (phyag na rdo rje), here the wrathful aspect of the Buddha of the "mind family." [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Vajrapani (phyag na rdo rje). 'He who holds a vajra in his hand', n. of a Bodhisattva and Tantric deity, a yaksha prince. [RY]

Vajrapani (phyag na rdo rje). 1) One of the eight great bodhisattvas. 2) one of the three main Bodhisattvas or Protectors (rigs gsum mgon po), manifesting in either a peaceful or a wrathful form [RY] [RY]

Vajrapani (phyag na rdo rje). 'Vajra Bearer.' One of the eight great bodhisattvas and the chief compiler of the Vajrayana teachings. Also known as 'Lord of Secrets.' [ZL] [RY]

Vajrapani {phyag na rdo rje}. One of the three main Bodhisattvas. [RY]

Vajrapani Command Tantra (phyag na rdo rje dbang gi rgyud). A tantra belonging to Kriya Yoga. [ZL] [RY]

Vajrapani Empowerment Tantra (phyag na rdo rje dbang bskur ba'i rgyud). A tantra belonging to Kriya Yoga. [ZL] [RY]

Vajrapani Temple (phyag na rdo rje'i gling). A temple at Samye. [ZL] [RY]

Vajra-paryanka (rdo rje ('i) skyil (mo) krung). The vajra crosslegged position, like the 'lotus position' of Hindu yoga but reversed. [RY]

Vajra-recitation (rdo rje bzlas pa): the recitation of mantras synchronized with the inhaling, retention, and exhaling of the breath. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

vajras of Body, Speech, Mind and Wisdom [LW1] [RY]

Vajrasana (rdo rje gdan). The 'diamond seat' under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya where Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment. [RY]

Vajrasana [LW1] [RY]

Vajrasattva (rDo rje sems dpa') the Sambhogakaya aspect of Akshobhya. [RY]

Vajrasattva (rdo rje sems dpa'). A sambhogakaya buddha who embodies all of the five or hundred buddha families. He is also a support for purification practices. [ZL] [RY]

Vajrasattva (rdo rje sems dpa'). A sambhogakaya buddha who embodies all the five families. He is also a major source of purification practices. [more info:Rinchen Terdzö GA 394-5] [RY]

Vajrasattva (rdo rje sems dpa; vajra bing) A buddha of the vajra family, Vajrasattva is white and is associated with purity. [Rain of Wisdom]

Vajrasattva {rdo rje sems dpa'}. The Buddha who embodies the hundred families. Reciting his 100-syllable mantra is the quickest way to purify negative actions. [RY]

Vajrasattva of Great Bliss (rdor sems bde ba chen po). A name for Vajrasattva. [RY]

Vajrasattva, literal meaning [LW1] [RY]

Vajratopa (rdo rje snyems ma). The consort of Vajrasattva. [RY]

Vajrayana (rDo rje theg pa) lit. 'the diamond vehicle'; also known as the Mantrayana, Tantrayana, and Phalayana, the vehicle of the result. This way offers innumerable skillful means to enlightenment, based on the Sutras and Tantras. When followed under the guidance of an accomplished teacher, this rapid path can result in liberation within one lifetime. Transmitted by the Vidyadhara lineage of Knowledge-holders, this vehicle produces the deepest and most far-reaching realization particularly in the Kali Yuga when powerful techniques are necessary to liberate human consciousness. [RY]

Vajrayana (rdo rje theg pa). The 'Adamantine Vehicle' also called the Mantra Vehicle, or Tantra. [RY]

Vajrayana (rdo rje theg pa). The 'diamond vehicle.' The practices of taking the result as the path. Same as Secret Mantra or Tantrayana. [RY]

Vajrayana (rdo rje theg pa). The 'vajra vehicle.' The practices of taking the result as the path. Same as 'Secret Mantra.'[Bardo Guide 91] [ZL] [RY]

Vajrayana (rdo rje theg pa). The 'vajra vehicle.' The practices of taking the result as the path. Same as 'Secret Mantra.'[AL] [RY]

Vajrayana. See also Sutra and Mantra, Vajra Vehicles, Mantrayana; Great Secret, listing of outer and inner sections [LW1] [RY]

Vajrayana. The 'vajra vehicle.' The practices of taking the result as the path. Same as 'Secret Mantra.'[Primer] [RY]

Vajrayogini - the highest dakini who embodies all of buddha wisdom; she is the driving force of all wisdom; she is identical to the indestructible and immutable nature of the vajra, and her activity represents the dynamic power of vajra wisdoms. [RY]

Vajrayogini - Vajrayogini: (Tibetan: rdo rje rnal 'byor ma "Dorje Naljorma") [Peter Roberts]

Varahi - Called "two-headed" because the head of a sow emerges from Vajravarahi's own head. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Varahi (phag mo). Vajra Varahi/ Dorje Phagmo. An important female yidam/ dakini. [RY]

Varahi Temple - The famous Varahi Temple (phag mo'i lha khang was founded by Padma Karpo between the years 1567 and 1574. See Pema Karpo's biography (vol. 3, Ga, part Nya of his Collected Works, ff. 128-9, and Situ's Account of a Pilgrimage to Central Tibet, p. 526). [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Varanasi (Skt). The place where the Buddha first turned the wheel of the Dharma. [RY]

Variegated Great Treasury Scripture (sna tshogs gter chen gyi lung). One of the Eighteen Major Scriptures of the Mind Section of Dzogchen. [ZL] [RY]

Variegated nirmanakayas (sna tshogs sprul sku). Emanations of the buddhas in indefinite forms and manners, even as material objects, to benefit whoever needs, in whichever way is necessary. [RY]

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