Balipuja, Balipūjā, Bali-puja: 1 definition


Balipuja 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Balipūjā (बलिपूजा) or “Bali Worship” (i.e., ‘providing of a spirit offering’) refers to one of the various rituals typically performed as a part of the larger rites, according to Buddhist teachings followed by the Newah in Nepal, Kathmandu Valley (whose roots can be traced to the Licchavi period, 300-879 CE).—Balipūjā, "Bali Worship", is the providing of a spirit offering. In its stand-alone version, the offerings are made to the aṣṭabhairava and aṣṭamātṛikā, "the Eight Bairava and Eight Mothers", and begins with visualizing the mantrapātra and balibhāvanā, using a similar verse to what is used in the gurumaṇḍala and Cakrasaṃvara-samādhi. Spiritually the Bali worship in the balipūjā and in the gurumaṇḍala is meant to satiate the gods with amṛita from the Goddess, to marshal their forces of protection from calamities, or in the case of the Lokapālas in the gurumaṇḍala, for protecting the practitioner by guarding the directions.

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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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