Aryasarasvati, Āryasarasvatī, Arya-sarasvati: 1 definition


Aryasarasvati 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: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Āryasarasvatī (आर्यसरस्वती) is one of the forms of Sarasvatī, as mentioned in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—Her Symbols is prajñāpāramitā on lotus.

The Dhyāna (meditation instructions) of Āryasarasvatī described in the Sādhanamālā as follows:—

[Āryasarasvatī is another variation of Sarasvatī, and is also designated Vajrasarasvatī, which seems to be the common name of Sarasvatī of the Vajrayānists. She appears a maiden of sixteen, is in the prime of youth, has white complexion, and carries in the left hand the stalk of a lotus on which rests the prajñāpāramitā Book. The dhyāna is silent about the symbol carried in the right hand, which may or may not remain empty. The āsana also is not mentioned which shows that she may be represented in any attitude.]
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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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