Padmavajra, Padma-vajra: 1 definition


Padmavajra means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Padmavajra (पद्मवज्र) (also called Saroruha) is the author of the Bohitā: an extensive commentary on the Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly, “The Bohitā (ship) of that [scripture, viz., Ḍākārṇava ] is a carrier to the opposite side. [...] Protecting sentient beings out of compassion and being devoid of immaturity, the Bohitā (ship) containing a commentary [to the Ḍākārṇava] crosses over the waves of reincarnation”. Padmavajra and Jayasena most likely flourished in the 12th century.

Note: There were multiple Tantric masters who were named Padmavajra, Saroruhavajra, and Saroruha. It seems unlikely that the author of the Bohitā, named Padmavajra, was identical to the famous Siddha Padmavajra or Padmavajra of the Hevajra scriptural tradition.

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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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