Lakshminkara, Lakṣmīṅkarā: 2 definitions



Lakshminkara 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: Vajrayana

Lakṣmīṅkarā is the name of a mahāsiddha, of which eighty-four in total are recognized in Vajrayāna (tantric buddhism). His title is “the crazy princess”. He lived somewhere between the 8th and the 12th century AD.

These mahāsiddhas (e.g., Lakṣmīṅkarā) are defined according to the Abhayadatta Sri (possibly Abhayākaragupta) tradition. Its textual origin traces to the 11th century caturāsiti-siddha-pravṛtti, or “the lives of the eighty-four siddhas”, of which only Tibetan translations remains. Lakṣmīṅkarā (and other Mahāsiddhas) are the ancient propounders of the textual tradition of tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism.

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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: McGill University: He dances, she shakes: The possessed mood of nonduality in Buddhist tantric sex

“An eighth century poem is preserved in the consort practice section of this sadhana, attributed to the Indian mahasiddha (great accomplished one) Lakshminkara. My study examines this poem in terms of Indian aesthetic theory, rasa theory (lit. taste theory). I argue that antinomian siddha poets, such as Lakshminkara, both employed and transcended the poetic method of rasa theory, initially creating an erotic mood (shrngara rasa) in their poems, but ultimately transcending this rasa, to create a specific nondual Buddhist mood, samarasa (lit. one taste), a state of nondualism which is the goal of tantric Buddhism.”

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