Mahasiddha, aka: Maha-siddha, Mahāsiddha; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahasiddha 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)

Mahāsiddha (महासिद्ध):—great (mahā) accomplished one (siddha), or great spiritually accomplished one, also known as Indian adepts. They are the principal Indian teachers of Hindu and Buddhist Tantra, or any great religious teacher that is credited with having special attainments and powers.

The majority of mahāsiddhas do not have Siddha Appearance - which is one of the Eleven Figurative Forms in Himalayan and Tibetan art. The majority of the Eighty-four mahāsiddhas are depicted in layperson attire, a few monks, along with several kings and mendicant yogis.

Source: Himalayan Art: Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)
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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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