Mandalarcana, Maṇḍalārcana, Mandaa-larcana: 3 definitions


Mandalarcana 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Mandalarchana.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Maṇḍalārcana (मण्डलार्चन) refers to “worship of the maṇḍala”, according to Buddhist teachings followed by the Newah in Nepal, Kathmandu Valley (whose roots can be traced to the Licchavi period, 300-879 CE).—Gurumaṇḍala, the full name of which is Gurumaṇḍalārcana, “gurumaṇḍala worship”, where the foundational ratnamaṇḍala is worshiped, along with Vajrasattva, the Śaṅkha, “conch shell” for offering water, Ṣaṭpāramitā, “Six Perfections”, and the Lokapālas, “World Protectors”, the original Vedic gods of the ten directions. The Bodhisattva Vow is also recited, along with a Pāpadeśanā, “confession of sin”.

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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

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Maṇḍalārcana (मण्डलार्चन) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—from Pāñcarātra. Oppert. Ii, 4106.

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

Maṇḍalārcana (मण्डलार्चन):—[from maṇḍala] n. Name of [work]

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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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