Jnanadakini, Jñānaḍākinī, Jnana-dakini: 1 definition



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Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

1) Jñānaḍākinī (ज्ञानडाकिनी) refers to one of the female emanations of Akṣobhya, commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—Her Colour is blue; her Kuleśa is Akṣobhya; she has three faces and six arms.—Jñānaḍākinī is the principal deity of the jñānaḍākinī-maṇḍala of the Niṣpannayogāvalī.

Jñānaḍākinī is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī as follows:—

“Jnanadakini has a blue face... the right is white... the left is red and amorous... In the three right hands she carries the raised khaṭvāṅga, the axe and the vajra. In the three left there are the bell, the cup full of blood and the sword.”

2) Jñānaḍākinī (ज्ञानडाकिनी) is also mentioned as the Śakti of Yogāmbara (one of the various emanations of Akṣobhya) according to the same Niṣpannayogāvalī.—His Colour is blue; his Śakti is Jñānaḍākinī; as has three faces, six arms.—God Yogāmbara is the principal deity of the Yogāmbara Maṇḍala or the Niṣpannayogāvalī. The blue colour of the deity shows that Yogāmbara belongs to the family of the Dhyāni Buddha Akṣobhya.

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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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