Ghantapani, Ghaṇṭāpāṇi: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Ghaṇṭāpāṇi (घण्टापाणि) is the name of the Bodhisattva offspring associated with Vajrasattva: one of the Dhyāni-Buddhas, according to Vajrayāna or Tantric Buddhism.—His colour is white; and his symbol is the ghaṇṭā.—The Sixth Dhyāni Buddha Vajrasattva and his consort Vajrasattvātmikā claim Ghaṇṭāpāṇi as their Bodhisattva. The recognition symbol of this Bodhisattva is the Ghaṇṭā or the Bell Like his spiritual sire he must be white in colour. Ghaṇṭāpāṇi is rarely represented, and his images are very rare in Buddhist countries.

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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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