Jnanavashita, Jñānavaśitā, Jnana-vashita: 2 definitions



Jnanavashita 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.

The Sanskrit term Jñānavaśitā can be transliterated into English as Jnanavasita or Jnanavashita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Jñānavaśitā (ज्ञानवशिता) refers to one of twelve Vaśitā Goddesses, as commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—Her Colour is whitish blue; her Symbol is the sword on lotus; she has two arms.

Jñānavaśitā is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī (dharmadhātuvāgīśvara-maṇḍala) as follows:—

“Jñānavaśitā is whitish blue in colour and holds in her left hand the sword on a blue lotus”.

[These Vaśitās are collectively taken to be the spiritual daughters of the Dhyāni Buddha Amitābha. The twelve Vaśitā Goddesses [viz., Jñānavaśitā] are described collectively as two-armed, holding in their right hands the lotus and in the left proudly bearing their special symbols.]

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Jñānavaśitā (ज्ञानवशिता) or simply Jñāna refers to the “mastery of knowledge” and represents one of the “ten masteries of the Bodhisattvas” (vaśitā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 74). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., jñāna-vaśitā). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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