Jambuliya, Jambūliya: 1 definition



Jambuliya 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: BDK Tripiṭaka: The Susiddhikara-sūtra

Jambūliya (जम्बूलिय) refers to one of the various types of cakes mentioned in Chapter 12 (“offering food”) of the Susiddhikara-sūtra. Accordingly, “If among the offering rites you see one with ‘sarvabhautika (for-all-demons) food,’ [use] sāyalika (?) cakes, liṅgilika (?) cakes, jambūliya (?) cakes, tilapiṣṭaka cakes, boiled rice mixed with curds, and roots and fruits, or else take one or two tasty [dishes] from among the dishes described earlier and set them down, put parched rice, flowers, and leaves in a large vessel and fill it with water, and [then] discard it far away from the site of recitation: this is [sarvabhautika food]”.

When you wish to offer food [viz., jambūliya cakes], first cleanse the ground, sprinkle scented water all around, spread out on the ground leaves that have been washed clean, such as lotus leaves, palāśa (dhak) leaves, and leaves from lactescent trees, or new cotton cloth, and then set down the oblatory dishes. [...] First smear and sprinkle the ground and then spread the leaves; wash your hands clean, rinse out your mouth several times, swallow some water, and then you should set down the food [viz., jambūliya]. [...]

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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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