Jnanadhatu, Jñānadhātu: 1 definition

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Jnanadhatu 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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Jñānadhātu (ज्ञानधातु) or Jñānadhātulokeśvara refers to number 36 of the 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara found in the Machhandar Vahal (Kathmanu, Nepal). [Machhandar or Machandar is another name for for Matsyendra.].

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“Jñānadhātu is one-faced and eight-armed and stands on a lotus. Two of his hands are joined against his chest in forming the Añjali mudrā ; the second pair exhibits what is called the Kṣepaṇa mudrā. The remaining hands hold the rosary and the Tridaṇḍī in the right and the book and the noose in the left”.

The names of the 108 deities [viz., Jñānadhātu] possbily originate from a Tantra included in the Kagyur which is named “the 108 names of Avalokiteshvara”, however it is not yet certain that this is the source for the Nepali descriptions.

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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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