Prakasharupa, Prakāśarūpa, Prakasha-rupa: 2 definitions
Prakasharupa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.
The Sanskrit term Prakāśarūpa can be transliterated into English as Prakasarupa or Prakasharupa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Prakāśarūpa (प्रकाशरूप) refers to the “luminous”, and represents [part of?] an epithet of Śiva used in Sandhyā’s eulogy of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.6. Accordingly:—“[...] Directly perceiving the lord of Durgā she [viz., Sandhyā] eulogised the lord of the worlds: [...] Obeisance, obeisance to the cause of causes, to the bestower of divine nectar, wisdom and prosperity; to the best-ower of the prosperity of all other worlds, and the luminous (prakāśarūpa) greatest of the great (parātpara)”.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: Google Books: When the Clouds Part
Prakāśarūpa (प्रकाशरूप) refers to “appearances of lucidity”.—Accordingly:—“[...] after identifying the wrong positions of superimposition and denial, Jñānaśrīmitra cites Uttaratantra I.154 and Ratnagotravibhāgavyākhyā and explains that real aspects are mental forms that have the nature of being appearances of lucidity (prakāśarūpa), which he equates with Buddha-nature (the tathāgatadhātu). Just as this tathāgatadhātu, those lucid forms are free from all superimposition and denial”.
Note: This term [prakāśarūpa] can be understood as “lucid form” or “what has the nature of lucidity”.
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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