Mayajalatantra, Māyājālatantra, Māyajālatantra, Mayajala-tantra: 2 definitions


Mayajalatantra 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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Google Books: An Illustrated History of the Mandala

Māyājālatantra (मायाजालतन्त्र) (Māyājālamahātantrarāja) is an important late tantra classified among the Father tantras of the Highest Yoga tantras in Tibet, although it is sometimes deemed a Yoga-tantra. The Vimalaprabhā, a commentary on the Kālacakra, characterizes the Māyājālatantra as kriyāyoga. This shows that the Māyājāla adopted elements of early and middle esoteric Buddhism even though it belongs to late tantric Buddhism. [...] The Nāmasaṃgīti, frequently recited in Tibet and Nepal, is said to have been extracted from the “samādhipaṭala” of the Māyājāla, but the corresponding verses cannot be found in the extant Māyājāla. [...] In the section on old tantras in the Tibetan Tripiṭaka, there is another text called the Vajrasattvamāyājāla, which has thought by some to be an early translation of the Māyājāla, but it differs considerably in content.

Source: The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Mayajalatantra refers to the “tantra of the magical net”.—Accordingly, The Guhyagarbhatantra (rGyud gsang-ba’i snyin-po) is the most all-embracing of the eighteen mahayoga-tantras, focusing specifically on the mandala of the forty-two peaceful deities and the fifty-eight wrathful deities. There are three distinct versions of the Guhyagarbhatantra, respectively in 82, 46 and 22 chapters, and it is the last of these that is most widely studied. All of these versions are included within the general cycle of the Tantra of the Magical Net (Mayajalatantra).

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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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