Jvalakula, Jvālākula: 1 definition

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Jvalakula 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Jvālākula (ज्वालाकुल) is the name of the western cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te 12th century Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. The western cremation ground is also known as Karankala. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

Jvālākula is mentioned in the Saṃvarodaya-tantra as having various associative characteristics

tree (vṛkṣa) = Kaṅkeli,
protector (dikpati) = Varuṇa,
serpent (nāga) = Karkoṭa,
cloud (megha) = Ghora,
funeral monuments (caitya) = Saṃjñāvajra,
mountain (giri) = Kailāsa.

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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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