Raktapurna, Raktapūrṇa, Rakta-purna: 3 definitions


Raktapurna 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Google Books: The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols

The skull-cup of blood (rakta-purna) is usually depicted as a ‘swirling offering’, with the blood appearing as a turbulent or boiling liquid. This symbolizes the ‘blazing and dripping’ of the red bodhicitta, which arises as ‘inner heat’ (candali), as a liquid offering is said to boil in the presence of a wrathful deity or goddess. The blood swirls in a clockise motion for the ‘father tantra’ practices that emphasize the development of method, and in an counterclockwise direction for the ‘mother tantra’ practices that emphasize the cultivation of wisdom.

The white bone of the skull–derived from the ‘male’ crown center of the head–represents form as the white male bodhicitta. Its content of warm red blood–derived from the ‘female’ navel center–represents emptiness as the red female bodhicitta.

Esoterically the skull-cup of blood represents the mind of the deity (white skull) being filled with great bliss (red blood), and on a deeper level the arising of the ‘illusory body’ (white skull) from the state of ‘clear light’ (red blood).

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Handmade Handicraft: Yamantaka

Yami (sister of Yama) holds a skullcap (kapala) held at his heart in his right hand and holds red rejuvenating blood of Great Bliss called Raktapurna, representing “wisdom”.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Raktapūrṇa (रक्तपूर्ण):—[=rakta-pūrṇa] [from rakta > raj] mfn. field of blood (-tva n.), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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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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