Padmapani, Padmapāṇi, Padma-pani: 7 definitions



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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

1) Padmapāṇi (पद्मपाणि) is the name of the Bodhisattva offspring associated with Amitābha: one of the Dhyāni-Buddhas, according to Vajrayāna or Tantric Buddhism.—His colour is red; and his symbol is a lotus.—Padmapāṇi is the Bodhisattva attached to the Padma (lotus) family which is presided over by the Dhyāni Buddha Amitābha whose spiritual consort is Pāṇḍarā or Pāṇḍaravāsinī. The Lotus is the symbol of this family and the colour assigned to this family is red. The Bodhisattva Padmapāṇi begets the red colour and a full-blown lotus as his symbol. Padmapāṇi is fairly well represented in the Buddhist countries of the North including Tibet and China.

2) Padmapāṇi (पद्मपाणि) (“lotus bearer”) is another name for Avalokiteśvara: a Bodhisattva commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—Avalokiteśvara, also called Padmapāṇi () is the spiritual son of the Dhyāni Buddha Amitābha. He is one of the most popular Bodhisattvas of the Buddhist Pantheon having as many as 108 different forms.

3) Padmapāṇi (पद्मपाणि) or Padmapāṇilokeśvara refers to number 104 of the 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara found in the Machhandar Vahal (Kathmanu, Nepal). [Machhandar or Machandar is another name for for Matsyendra.].


“Padmapāṇi also is similar in form to [Piṇḍapātra Lokeśvara], with the difference that here the god displays the Varada pose with his right hand and holds the stem of a lotus in his left.—Piṇḍapātra Lokeśvara is one-faced and two-armed and stands on a lotus. He holds the Piṇḍapātra (the bowl) in his two hands near the navel”.

The names of the 108 deities [viz., Padmapāṇi] possbily originate from a Tantra included in the Kagyur which is named “the 108 names of Avalokiteshvara”, however it is not yet certain that this is the source for the Nepali descriptions.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Padmapāṇi (पद्मपाणि).—

1) an epithet of Brahman.

2) Name of Buddha.

3) Name of the sun.

4) of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: padmapāṇiḥ (पद्मपाणिः).

Padmapāṇi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms padma and pāṇi (पाणि).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Padmapāṇi (पद्मपाणि).—m. (ṇiḥ) 1. A name of Bramha. 2. The sun. 3. A Buddha, a Baud'dha sanctified teacher. 4. An epithet of Vishnu. E. padma a lotus, and pāṇi the hand holding a lotus in one hand.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Padmapāṇi (पद्मपाणि).—[masculine] [Epithet] of Brahman (the lotus-handed).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Padmapāṇi (पद्मपाणि):—[=padma-pāṇi] [from padma] m. ‘lotus-handed’ or ‘holding a l° in the hand’, Name of Brahmā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] of Viṣṇu, [Catalogue(s)]

3) [v.s. ...] of the Bodhi-sattva Avalokiteśvara, [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 195 etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] the sun, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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 (even English!). 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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