Sambhogakaya, Sambhogakāya: 5 definitions


Sambhogakaya 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 Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual

The four aspects of the Saṃbhogakāya are part of the Sixteen Aspects (ṣoḍaśākārā) of Gnosis (jñāna) in terms of ultimate reality.

  1. the Saṃbhoga-body (sambhoga-kāya)
  2. the Saṃbhoga-mind (sambhoga-citta)
  3. the Saṃbhoga-speech (sambhoga-vāc)
  4. the Saṃbhoga-gnosis (sambhoga-jñāna)
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context information

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: Shambala Publications: General

Sambhogakāya See Trikāya.

Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

The Sambhogakāya (Sanskrit: "body of enjoyment", Tib: longs.sku) is the second mode or aspect of the Trikaya.

The Sambhogakaya is a "subtle body of limitless form". Both "celestial" Buddhas such as Bhaisajyaguru and Amitābha, as well as advanced bodhisattvas such as Avalokitesvara and Manjusri can appear in a "enjoyment-body. A Buddha can appear in an "enjoyment-body" to teach bodhisattvas through visionary experiences. Those Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifest themselves in their specific pure lands. These worlds are created for the benefits of others. In those lands it is easy to hear and practice the Dharma. A person can be reborn in such a pure land by "the transfer of some of the huge stock of 'merit' of a Land's presiding Buddha, stimulated by devout prayer.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Saṃbhogakāya (संभोगकाय).—m., ‘enjoyment-body’: Mahāvyutpatti 117. Contrasts with dharma-k° and nirmāṇa-k°; see s.v. kāya, end. In Sūtral. ix.60 and 61 sāṃbhogyaḥ (or, commentary, °gikaḥ) kāyaḥ; commentary on 60 says, °giko yena parṣan- maṇḍaleṣu dharmasaṃbhogaṃ karoti; Lévi, passionnel. Not in Abhidharmakośa Index. See Mus, Barabudur (II) 648 ff. (corps communiel; or, 650, corps glorieux; Mus finds it, not named, in Saddharmapuṇḍarīka). Perhaps saṃbhogo Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 314.2 refers to this; compare Suzuki, Studies, 145, and see niṣyanda- buddha.

context information

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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