Pindapatra, Piṇḍapātra, Pinda-patra: 2 definitions

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Piṇḍapātra (पिण्डपात्र) or Piṇḍapātralokeśvara refers to number 73 of the 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara found in the Machhandar Vahal (Kathmanu, Nepal). [Machhandar or Machandar is another name for for Matsyendra.].

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“Piṇḍapātra 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., Piṇḍapātra] 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Piṇḍapātra (पिण्डपात्र).—n. 1. the vessel in which cakes are offered to the Manes. 2. alms (properly, the pot for receiving food).

Piṇḍapātra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms piṇḍa and pātra (पात्र).

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

1) Piṇḍapātra (पिण्डपात्र):—[=piṇḍa-pātra] [from piṇḍa > piṇḍ] n. the vessel in which Śrāddha oblations are offered, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] an alms-dish, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

3) [v.s. ...] alms, [ib.]

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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. 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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