Amoghapasha, Amoghapāśa, Amogha-pasha: 6 definitions


Amoghapasha 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.

The Sanskrit term Amoghapāśa can be transliterated into English as Amoghapasa or Amoghapasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Amoghapāśa (अमोघपाश) is the name of Vidyārāja (i.e., “wisdom king”) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Amoghapāśa).

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Amoghapāśa (अमोघपाश) or Amoghapāśalokeśvara refers to number 71 of the 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara found in the Machhandar Vahal (Kathmanu, Nepal). [Machhandar or Machandar is another name for for Matsyendra.].


“Amoghapāśa is four-faced and eight-armed and stands on a lotus. He carries in his four right hands the Vajra, the sword, the goad and the bow, while the four left carry the Ghaṇṭā, the Tridaṇḍī, the noose and the arrow”.

The names of the 108 deities [viz., Amoghapāśa] possbily originate from a Tantra included in the Kagyur which is named “the 108 names of Avalokiteshvara”, however it is not yet certain that this is the source for the Nepali descriptions.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Amoghapasha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amoghapāśa (अमोघपाश).—Name of a Lokeśvara (Buddhistic).

Derivable forms: amoghapāśaḥ (अमोघपाशः).

Amoghapāśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amogha and pāśa (पाश).

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

Amoghapāśa (अमोघपाश):—[=a-mogha-pāśa] [from a-mogha] m. Name of a Lokeśvara, [Buddhist literature]

[Sanskrit to German]

Amoghapasha in German

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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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