Dharmodaya: 2 definitions


Dharmodaya 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: academia.edu: The Cakrasamvara Tantra

Dharmodaya (धर्मोदय) as identified by Nāropāda possibly refers to Buddhist recasting of Śaiva śivaliṅgas and yonis—Nāropāda describes many of the twenty-four sites as sites whose center is formed by sacral stones such as stone liṅgas of various shapes and stone dharmodayas. The stone liṅgas conform in shape to the body parts which the Cakrasaṃvara scriptures equate with external holy sites. These stone liṅgas and dharmodayas are very likely to be a Buddhist recasting of Śaiva śivaliṅgas and yonis. But many other authors, including Abhayākaragupta, regard goddesses or living human Ḍākinīs as sacral centers of the holy sites.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Google Books: When the Clouds Part

Dharmodaya (धर्मोदय) refers to “dharma source” according to Vimalaprabhā commentary on the Kālacakratantra.—Mahāmudrā is the one characterized by all dharmas that lack a nature of their own, is the one endowed with all supreme aspects, is Prajñāpāramitā, and the one that gives rise to all Buddhas. It is also expressed by the term “dharma source” (dharmodaya)—it is the dharma source from which all dharmas that lack a nature of their own will arise. The dharmas that lack a nature of their own are the eighty-four thousand collections of dharmas such as the ten powers and the four fearlessnesses.

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