Kumbhamadhya, Kumbha-madhya: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Kumbhamadhya (कुम्भमध्य) refers to “being in the (middle of the) jar”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān teaches the offering manual of the root-heart] “[...] A jar should be placed and a square maṇḍalaka of cow dung made. Parched grain and mustard seeds should be scattered. Incense should be offered. Having placed a jar there, the mantra should be recited. Having enchanted a pomegranate branch seven times, the jar should be struck with that branch softly. All thunderbolts go into the jar (kumbhamadhya). All Nāgas are subdued. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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