Nishpannayogavali, Niṣpannayogāvalī, Nishpanna-yogavali: 2 definitions


Nishpannayogavali means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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.

The Sanskrit term Niṣpannayogāvalī can be transliterated into English as Nispannayogavali or Nishpannayogavali, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

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Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Niṣpannayogāvalī (निष्पन्नयोगावली) is the name of a book dealing with Buddhist iconography written by Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara Gupta of the Vikramaśīla monastery who flourished during the reign of the Pala King Rāmapāla ( A.D. 1084-1130). The Niṣpannayogāvalī is a work on Maṇḍalas and is remarkable for its richness of information and brevity. It contains in all 26 Maṇḍalas in twenty-six chapters, some short, some long. All these Maṇḍalas describe innumerable deities of the Tantra cult.

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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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India history and geography

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Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography (history)

Niṣpannayogāvalī (निष्पन्नयोगावली) provides the much needed descriptive texts which served as a basis for the artists to prepare the statuettes found in China. Since this book Niṣpannayogāvalī gives full iconographic descriptions of most of these deities it is not unreasonable to suppose that the Niṣpannayogāvalī formed at least one of the originals from which the artists obtained the correct idea of the form of the numerous deities represented in the statuettes. Otherwise it is difficult to conceive how form can be given to such obscure deities as the Sixteen Boddhisattvas, the Twelve Pāramitās, the Twelve Vaśitās, the Twelve Bhūmis, the Four Pratisaṃvits,etc. which are described accurately in the Mañjuvajra-maṇḍala of the Niṣpannayogāvalī.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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