Amitaprabha: 6 definitions


Amitaprabha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti

Amitaprabha (अमितप्रभ) is one of the sixteen bodhisattvas appearing in the Vajradhātu-mahāmaṇḍala, according to the Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī v5.38-41. The Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī (literally, ‘an explanation of the nāma-mantras’) is a commentary (ṭīkā) on the 8th century Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti.

Amitaprabha is a name of Mañjuśrī (the embodiement of non-dual knowledge) and, together with other names, forms the core essence of the Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti. The Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī provides the practitioner a sādhana (‘meditative practice’) to turn these names into mantras. These mantras are chanted for the benefit of all beings, and then placed and contemplated in the Vajradhātu-mahāmaṇḍala, which is an extended version of the Vajradhātu-maṇḍala.

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Amitaprabha (अमितप्रभ) (“boundless light”) is the name of a Bodhisattva commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—his color is white or red; his symbol is the jar. Amitaprabha is also known as Amṛtaprabha. It appears that Amitaprabha should belong to the family of Vairocana because of his white colour. His spiritual father will be Amitabha when he is red in colour.

Amitaprabha is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī as follows:—

(1: Mañjuvajra-maṇḍala):—“Amitaprabha is of red colour and holds in his two hands the jar required in the bath of initiation”. (2: Dharmadhatūvāgīśvara-maṇḍala):—“Amitaprabha is of white colour. With the right hand he holds the double lotus and with the left hand a jar on lotus”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (tantric Buddhism)

Amitaprabha (अमितप्रभ) refers to one of the sixteen Bodhisattvas, according to the Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī and Abhayākaragupta’s forty-three deity Mañjuvajra-maṇḍala (Tricatvāriṃśadātmakamañjuvajra-maṇḍala: see Niṣpannayogāvalī 50).—A set of sixteen Bodhisattvas often supplements the deities of the Tattvasaṃgraha in later Vajradhātu-maṇḍala descriptions. These are generally the sixteen Bodhisattvas of the present aeon (bhadrakalpa) [e.g., Amitaprabha], as described for example in Abhayākaragupta’s Niṣpannayogāvalī Vajradhātu-maṇḍala.—Cf. also Niṣpannayogāvalī 44ff and Abhayākaragupta’s Durgatipariśodhana-maṇḍala (Cf. Niṣpannayogāvalī 66ff).

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[«previous next»] — Amitaprabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Amitaprabha (अमितप्रभ).—(1) another name for Amitābha: Sukhāvatīvyūha 50.6 (verse); 53.15 (verse); 62.13—14 (prose), here one of three names for the same personage, Amitābham Amita- prabham Amitāyuṣaṃ (tathāgatam etc.); (2) name of a different (future) Buddha: Sukhāvatīvyūha 70.6.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Amitaprabha (अमितप्रभ) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Yogaśatabhāṣya med. Io. 2357. Np. Ix, 64.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Amitaprabha (अमितप्रभ):—[=a-mita-prabha] [from a-mita] m. (= amitābha), [Sukhāvatī-vyūha ii]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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