Dhvajagrakeyura, Dhvajāgrakeyūra, Dhvajāgrakeyūrā: 4 definitions



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Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Dhvajāgrakeyūrā (ध्वजाग्रकेयूरा) is the name of a Dhāraṇī Goddesses 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 Dhvajāgrakeyūrā).

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Dhvajāgrakeyūrā (ध्वजाग्रकेयूरा) refers to one of the female emanations of Akṣobhya, as mentioned in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—Two Sādhanas in the Sādhanamālā describe two widely different forms of Dhvajāgrakeyūrā. In one the effigy of Akṣobhya on the crown is expressly mentioned, but in the other, the Dhyāni Buddha is absent. [...]

Dhvajāgrakeyūrā (first variety, three-faced with four arms).—[Her Colour is blue; her Appearance is terrible; her Āsana is the pratyālīḍha].—The Dhyāna (meditation instructions) in the Sādhanamālā is as follows:—

“Dhvajāgrakeyūrā is blue in colour, three-faced, and four-armed, with the right and left faces of red and green colour (respectively). She carries the sword and the noose in the two right hands, and the khaṭvāṅga stamped with a vajra and the cakra in the two left, has brown hair rising upwards on her head which is embellished by arow of five shrivelled heads. She wears garments of tiger-skin, and has faces distorted with bare fangs. She has a protruding belly, stands in the pratyālīḍha attitude, has her seat on and glows like the sun, wears yellow garments and jacket, originates from the syllable “Hūṃ” and bears the image of Akṣobhya on the crown”

Dhvajāgrakeyūrā (first variety, four-faced with four arms).—[Her Colour is yellow].—

[As already pointed out, Dhvajāgrakeyūrā has another form, with four faces and four arms carrying the sword and the cakra in the two right hands, and the tarjanīpāśa and the mūṣala, marked with a vajra, in the two left. A triśūla hangs from her left shoulder. Her first face is yellow, left red, right white, and the face above is distorted and is of the colour of smoke. In all other respects her form is identical with the one described above.]

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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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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dhvajāgrakeyūra (ध्वजाग्रकेयूर).—(1) m., name of a samādhi: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 424.1; Mahāvyutpatti 530 (not in Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā); (2) name of a work: Mahāvyutpatti 1410 (compare Dhvajāgrasūtra).

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Dhvajāgrakeyūrā (ध्वजाग्रकेयूरा).—name of a goddess: Sādhanamālā 403.1 etc.

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

Dhvajāgrakeyūra (ध्वजाग्रकेयूर):—[=dhvajāgra-keyūra] [from dhvajāgra > dhvaja > dhvañj] m. ‘the ring on the top of a standard’, Name of a [particular] Samādhi, [Buddhist literature]

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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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