Evamkara, Evaṃkara, Evaṃkāra: 2 definitions

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Evamkara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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: Elements of Newar Buddhist Art (EB)

Evaṃkāra (एवंकार) symbolizes the “non-dual unity” (Cf. Ekāra).—The interlocking double triangles motif was actually known to the Buddhist as evam or evaṃkāra, signifying non-dual unity of the female principle e and the male principle vam, a syllabic letter in ancient Indian scripts which was visualized as an upright triangle. Although such a hexagonal double triangle is known to Hindus as Ṣaṭkoṇa, Buddhists preferred to call it evam. Buddhist texts often begins with the word evam as in the mantra like phrase evam mayā śrutam—“thus I have heard”. The representation of interlocking double triangles is based on the esoteric interpretation of this phrase.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Evaṃkara (एवंकर).—adj. (= Pali id., Jātaka (Pali) v. 148.21), acting thus (correl. to kathaṃkara): Mahāvastu iii.373.5 (verse, = Jātaka (Pali) above) °ro prajñāvāṃ bhoti manye (mss. manyo, read martyo, compare Pali macco?), 13.

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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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