Lakshmivana, Lakṣmīvana: 2 definitions


Lakshmivana 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 Lakṣmīvana can be transliterated into English as Laksmivana or Lakshmivana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Lakṣmīvana (लक्ष्मीवन) is the name of the south-eastern cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te 12th century Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. 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.

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

tree (vṛkṣa) = Karañja,
protector (dikpati) = Vaiśvānara,
serpent (nāga) = Huluhulu,
cloud (megha) = Prapurāṇa,
funeral monuments (caitya) = Kāyavajra,
mountain (giri) = Gandhamādana.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Lakṣmīvana (लक्ष्मीवन) refers to one of the eight charnel grounds (śmaśāna) of the Guṇacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the guṇacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. Lakṣmīvana is associated with the tree (vṛkṣa) named Karañja; with the direction-guardian (dikpāla) named Agni; with the serpent king (nāgendra) named Huluhulu and with the cloud king (meghendra) named Pūraṇa.

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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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