Nirmanakaya, aka: Nirmana-kaya, Nirmāṇakāya; 3 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[Nirmanakaya in Shaivism glossaries]

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

(Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

[Nirmanakaya in Tibetan Buddhism glossaries]

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)

[Nirmanakaya in Buddhism glossaries]

Nirmānakāya; See Trikāya.

(Source): Shambala Publications: General

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