Apayanjaha, Apāyañjaha: 1 definition


Apayanjaha means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Apāyañjaha (अपायञ्जह) is another name for Sarvāpāyañjaha (“remover of all miseries”): a Bodhisattva commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—Sarvāpāyañjaha is also known by his shorter name of Apāyañjaha.

Apāyañjaha is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī (Durgatipariśodhana-maṇḍala) as follows:—

“Apāyañjaha is of white colour. With both hands he carries the Aṅkuśa (goad)”.

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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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