Padmasambhava, Padma-sambhava, Padmasaṃbhava: 11 definitions


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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Padmasambhava (पद्मसम्भव) is the name of a Pratyekabuddha mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Padmasambhava).

Source: WikiPedia: Tibetan Buddhism

Padmasambhava[note 1] (lit. "Lotus-Born"), also known as Guru Rinpoche, often fondly referred to by Tibetans as the 'Second Buddha,' and revered as the person who placed Buddhism on a sound footing in Tibet. Although there was a historical Padmasambhava, nothing is known apart from him helping the construction of a temple at Samye at the behest of Trisong Detsen and shortly being chased out of Tibet.

Padmasambhava is a literary character of terma, an emanation of Amitabha that is said to appear to tertons in visionary encounters and a focus of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

According to tradition, Padmasambhava was incarnated as an eight-year-old child appearing in a lotus blossom floating in Lake Dhanakosha, in the kingdom of Oḍḍiyāna in Ancient India and in modern times identified with the Swat Valley of South Asia present-day Pakistan. His special nature was recognized by the childless local king of Oḍḍiyāna and was chosen to take over the kingdom, but he left Oḍḍiyāna for northern parts of India.

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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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Source: Shambala Publications: General

Padmasambhava Skt., lit., “the Lotus-born”; contemporary of the Tibetan king Trisong Detsen (755–97) and one of the historically identifiable founders of Tibetan Buddhism. He left his imprint particularly on the Nying­ma school and is venerated by its followers as the “second Buddha.” His special task lay in taming the indigenous demons, or the forces of nature embodied in them. The methods of Pad­masambhava ranged from the use of ritual im­plements, such as the phurba, to the mastery of the meditation techniques of dzogchen. In the course of centuries, the figure of Padmasam­bhava, who continued the tradition of the mahāsiddhas, took on an increasingly legendary character. He is still venerated today in the Hi­malayan countries under the name Guru Rinpo­che (Precious Guru).

Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Padmasambhava (lit. "Lotus-Born"), also known as the Second Buddha, was a sage guru from Oddiyana, northwestern Classical India (in the modern-day Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). Padmasambhava is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, Bhutan and neighboring countries in the 8th century AD. In those lands, he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (lit. "Precious Guru") or Lopon Rinpoche, or as Padum in Tibet, where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha.

India history and geography

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Source: The Chronological History of Tibetan Buddhism

Padmasambhava, the second Buddha vs Padmasambhava, the disciple of Shrisimha.—Modern historians have mistakenly considered Padmasambhava, the disciple of Shrisimha as the founder of the Nyingma tradition and propagated that Tibetan Buddhism has the history starting from the 8th century. In reality, Padmasambhava, the second Buddha was none other than Bodhisattva Vajrapani or Samantabhadra who lived around 1641-1541 BCE whereas Padmasambhava, the disciple of Shrisimha visited Tibet during the reign of Tibetan King Trisong Detsan (82-137 CE).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Padmasaṃbhava (पद्मसंभव).—epithets of Brahman, the lotus-born god.

Derivable forms: padmasaṃbhavaḥ (पद्मसंभवः).

Padmasaṃbhava is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms padma and saṃbhava (संभव). See also (synonyms): padmaja, padmajāta, padmabhava, padmabhū, padmayoni.

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

Padmasaṃbhava (पद्मसंभव).—adj., m. epithet of Brahman, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 3233.

Padmasaṃbhava is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms padma and saṃbhava (संभव).

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

Padmasaṃbhava (पद्मसंभव).—[masculine] = padmaja.

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

1) Padmasambhava (पद्मसम्भव):—[=padma-sambhava] [from padma] m. = -ja, [Harivaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a Buddhist teacher who founded the Red sect in Tibet, [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 272 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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