Nirmanakaya, aka: Nirmana-kaya, Nirmāṇakāya; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Nirmāṇakāya (निर्माणकाय).—Śiva has a body called Nirmāṇakāya at the time of his avatāra. “Śiva has an avatāraśarīra called Nirmāṇakāya with śuddhasattva as the principal aspect” (Kannaḍa Nighaṇṭu, vol. 5, p. 4696).

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śaivism)
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

The four aspects of the Nirmāṇakāya are part of the Sixteen Aspects (ṣoḍaśākārā) of Gnosis (jñāna) in terms of ultimate reality.

  1. the Nirmāṇa-body (nirmāṇa-kāya)
  2. the Nirmāṇa-mind (nirmāṇa-citta)
  3. the Nirmāṇa-speech (nirmāṇa-vāc)
  4. the Nirmāṇa-gnosis (nirmāṇa-jñāna)
Source: Google Books: The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Nirmānakāya; See Trikāya.

Source: Shambala Publications: General

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Nirmāṇakāya (निर्माणकाय).—m., body of magic transformation: Mvy 118; Dbh.g. 6(342).22. In Mvy contrasts with dhar- ma-k° (3) and saṃbhoga-k°; see s.v. kāya, end. In Sūtrāl. ix.60, 63 nairmāṇikaḥ k°; Lévi métamorphique. See also Mus, Barabudur (II) 643 ff. (corps d'artifice). In Laṅk 241.7 nirmāṇa-kāyair may be an early occurrence of this; see Suzuki's transl., and Studies p. 145; compare also Laṅk 314.2. Cf. nairmāṇikaṃ (q.v.) kāyaṃ Laṅk 73.9 (verse), but the same verse 276.10 reads nairvāṇikaṃ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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. 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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