kun 'dus: 2 definitions

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kun 'dus 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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Academia: The " Twenty or Eighteen " Texts of the Mind Series

kun 'dus (ཀུན་འདུས) (or “the compendium”) refers to one of the “Eighteen Texts of the Mind Series” (Tibetan: sems sde bco rgyad)— the earliest known corpus of Dzogchen literature (also: “great perfection” or Atiyoga) in Nyingma Buddhism.—The many lists of the Eighteen Texts that emerged between the 9th and the 14th century differ in their contents, there is no canonical collection of texts within the rNying ma tradition that includes all of the eighteen texts.

The following sources mention the text “The Compendium”: (1) As [kun 'dus; or: rin po che kun 'dus rig pa]—Mentioned in the 9th century text “The Lamp for the Eye in Meditation” (Tibetan: bSam gtan mig sgron), a treatise written by the Tibetan scholar gNubs chen Sangs rgyas ye she. (2) As [kun 'dus; or: rin po che kun 'dus kyi lung].—Mentioned in the 12th century “The Copper Continent” compiled by the Tibetan scholar Nyang ral Nyi ma 'od zer. (3) As [kun 'dus; or: kun 'dus rig pa].—Mentioned in the 13th century “Mask of Bai ro tsa na” [bairo'i 'dra 'bag chen mo], which is included as the last volume (in fact as the last text) in the anomalous collection of bairo'i rgyud 'bum. (4) As [kun 'dus].—Mentioned as one of the thirteen later translations (phyis 'gyur bcu gsum zhes bya'o) in the 13th century lDe’u jo sras history. (5) As [kun 'dus].—Mentioned in the the mTshams brag edition of the rNying ma canon.

Source: SOAS: A critical study of the thirteen later translations of the Dzogchen mind series

kun 'dus (ཀུན་འདུས) refers to one of the “Eighteen Major Scriptures” of the Mind Series (Semde) according to the Tsamdrak [mtshams brag] edition of the Nyingma Gyubum [rNying ma'i rgyud 'bum]—a collection of Vajrayana texts reflecting the teachings of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.—In mTshams brag, the 18 texts follow after the kun byed rgyal po, the first text in the first volume. Tradition regards this as the fundamental tantra of the rDzogs chen Mind Series. The Eighteen Texts in this edition are, [e.g., kun 'dus]

The [kun 'dus] text is also mentioned in the following sources: (1) the Tingkyé [gting skyes] edition of the Nyingma Gyubum—The gTing skyes has texts belonging to the early exegetical tradition preceding the actual root texts of the Eighteen, while in mTshams brag the order is reversed; (2) The [rig 'dzin tshe dbang nor bu] edition of the Nyingma Gyubum.—The [rig 'dzin] is believed to have been produced in the late 18th century by followers of the lineage of Rig 'dzin Tshe dbang nor bu, in the border regions of southern Tibet and Nepal. (3) the Degé [sde dge] edition of the Nyingma Gyubum—The sde dge edition differs from all the others in reversing the order of rdzogs chen texts, giving precedence to the yang ti, spyi ti, and man ngag sde cycles over the sems sde.

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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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