Maudri, Maudrī: 2 definitions
Maudri 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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Maudrī (मौद्री) refers to the “energy of Mudrā”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Having entered into the Root Wheel in (the genitals which is) the place of birth, he should tarry (there). Having awakened (Kuṇḍalinī) whose form is (like) a sleeping serpent, he should penetrate through (the Wheels) of the Jewel, Unstruck Sound and Purity along with the Glottis (lambikā) at the end. (Then) the energy of Mudrā (maudrī), which is the original chain (that seals) Kubjikā’s Void (kuvyoman), should be dissolved away in the abode of the Moon and Sun (where the two breaths emerge). [...]”.
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)
Maudrī (मौद्री) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Maudra forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Ākāśacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the ākāśacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Maudrī] and Vīras are dark blue in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife. Alternatively, the Ḍākinīs have their own marks and motions according to the taste instead of a small drum and a skull staff.
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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Starts with: Maudrika.
Full-text: Maudra, Akashacakra.
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