Lokaraksha, Lokarakṣa, Loka-raksha: 5 definitions

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Lokaraksha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Lokarakṣa can be transliterated into English as Lokaraksa or Lokaraksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Lokarakṣa (लोकरक्ष) refers to “world protectors”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “In the Mandala, an obscured Himalaya, abiding seated in lotus posture, [..] making many triple-dark demons, world protectors (lokarakṣa), destroying all fear, with a tiger skin garment, doing wrong, overcoming wrong, firm, deep, the letters Hūṃ, Phaṭ, or the letters Hāṃ Hāṃ, filling up the entire sky, [...] a helper for crossing over together, the dreadful wilderness of saṃsāra, routing Māra, Śrī Vajrasattva, homage”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Lokaraksha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lokarakṣa (लोकरक्ष).—a king, sovereign.

Derivable forms: lokarakṣaḥ (लोकरक्षः).

Lokarakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms loka and rakṣa (रक्ष).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Lokarakṣa (लोकरक्ष):—[=loka-rakṣa] [from loka > lok] m. ‘protector of the people’, a king, sovereign (kṣādhirāja m. a king supreme over all rulers), [Rāmāyaṇa]

[Sanskrit to German]

Lokaraksha in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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