Haritardha, Haritārdha: 1 definition


Haritardha 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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Haritārdha (हरितार्ध) or Haritārdhaka refers to “(having the) color of half-green”, according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly, “[...] Yoginīs are on the lotus petals [facing to the four cardinal directions] such as the east [and] to every intermediate [direction]. [Yoginīs] starting with Ḍākinī, twenty-four in total, are [arranged] by sixes. [...] (1) Ḍākinī, (2) Rūpikā, (3) Cumbikā, (4) Parāvṛttā, (5) Sabālikā, and (6) Anuvartī are half black and half green (haritārdhaka) [in color]. (7) Lāmā, (8) Yogeśvarī, (9) Bhadrā, (10) Kapālinī, (11) Kaṅkālikā, and (12) Rājāvartī are half green (haritārdhaka) and half red. [...]”.

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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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