Pandaravasini, Pandara-vasini, Pāṇḍaravāsinī: 5 definitions


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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Pāṇḍaravāsinī (पाण्डरवासिनी) is the name of Vidyārājñī (i.e., “wisdom queen”) 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 Pāṇḍaravāsinī).

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Pāṇḍaravāsinī (पाण्डरवासिनी) or Pāṇḍarā is the Śakti, or female counterpart (spiritual consort) of Amitābha: one of the Dhyāni-Buddhas, according to Vajrayāna or Tantric Buddhism.—Her colour is red; and her symbol is a lotus.—Pāṇḍarā is also called Pāṇḍaravāsinī. According to a Dhyāna in  the Advayavajrasaṃgraha she belongs to the Lotus family which is also the family of the Dhyāni Buddha Amitābha. Pāṇḍarā thus is  the spiritual consort of Amitābha.

Pāṇḍaravāsinī’s form and nature are described as under:—“In the Vāyu corner on the orb of the moon there is Pāṇḍaravāsinī originating from the (red) germ syllable Pāṃ. She is redin colour and has the Padma (lotus) as her recognition symbol. She is the embodiment of the element of Fire. She belongs tothe Lotus family and is full of attachment”.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Pāṇḍaravāsinī (पाण्डरवासिनी) is the presiding deity of the southern lotus of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala, according to the Vārāhyabhyudayatantra (largerly extracted from the 10th century Abhidhānottaratantra). She is the presiding lady (kuleśvarī) of the śāśvata (Vairocana) family. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī, which is modeled upon the twelve-armed Cakrasaṃvara, thus inhibiting many similar iconographical features.

Pāṇḍaravāsinī has three faces of three colors (white, blue and red) and is to be visualised as naked and wearing only a agarland of heads, dancing upon the four māras. She has six arms and her attributes include the cihnam (family emblem), the vajra, the double vajra, a red lotus and a wheel.

The lotus upon which Pāṇḍaravāsinī presides has 6 petals and corresponding goddesses residing in pīṭhas (sacred site):

  1. Śauṇḍinī in Saurāṣṭra,
  2. Cakravarmiṇī in Suvarṇadvīpa,
  3. Suvīrā in Nagara,
  4. Mahābalā in Sindhu,
  5. Cakravartinī in Maru,
  6. Mahāvīryā in Kulatā.
Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Pāṇḍaravāsinī (पाण्डरवासिनी) is another name for Pāṇḍarā or Pāṇḍarī: a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Pāṇḍara forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Hṛdayacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pandaravasini in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Paṇḍaravāsinī (पण्डरवासिनी).—see Pā°.

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Pāṇḍaravāsinī (पाण्डरवासिनी).—or Paṇḍ°, name of a Buddhist goddess, associated with Tārā (Mahāvyutpatti 4279; (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 621.19), with Avalokiteśvara ((Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 40.7); probably the same as Pāṇḍarā or Pāṇḍurā: Mahāvyutpatti 4279; Sādhanamālā 75.8; Paṇḍ° (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 40.7; 611.1; 621.19.

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

Pāṇḍaravāsinī (पाण्डरवासिनी):—[=pāṇḍara-vāsinī] [from pāṇḍara-vāsin > pāṇḍara > pāṇḍu] f. Name of a, [Buddhist literature] Tantra deity, [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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