Pithadi, Pīṭhādi, Pitha-adi: 1 definition


Pithadi 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: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Pīṭhādi (पीठादि) refers to “groups of land” and classifies the twenty-four districts or seats.—The Vajraḍākatantra deals with three types of sacred districts (deśa or kṣetra) or seats (sthāna) of deities:—Type (1): Internal twenty-four seats divided into pīṭhādi and tricakra; Type (2): Twenty-four districts divided into twelve groups or six families; Type (3): Another group of twenty-four districts. First, names of twenty-four seats [...] are enumerated and their locations in one’s body is explained (= head, top of the head, right ear and so on). These seats are classified into ten (pīṭhādi = ten groups of lands) beginning with pīṭha (up to upaśmaśāna). Then the text declares that twenty-four sacred girls who are called Ḍākinīs reside on these twenty-four internal seats. These Ḍākinīs have the form of arteries (nādī)

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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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