Shadyogini, Shash-yogini, Ṣaḍyoginī: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Ṣaḍyoginī can be transliterated into English as Sadyogini or Shadyogini, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Sanskrit Edition and a Translation of Kambala’s Sādhananidhi, Chapter 8

Ṣaḍyoginī (षड्योगिनी) refers to the six Yoginīs of the Ṣaḍyoginīmantra, which represents one of the four major mantras in the Cakrasaṃvara tradition, as taught in the eighth chapter of the 9th-century Herukābhidhāna and its commentary, the Sādhananidhi.

The six Yoginīs are:

  1. Vārāhī (vaṃ), who resides at the center;
  2. Yāminī (yoṃ),
  3. Mohanī (moṃ),
  4. Saṃcālanī (hrīṃ),
  5. Saṃtrāsanī (hūṃ),
  6. Caṇḍikā (phaṭ), who reside around Vārāhī.

These six Yoginīs are also found in Nāgārjuna’s Dharmasaṃgraha.

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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: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Ṣaḍyoginī (षड्योगिनी) refers to the “six Yoginīs” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 13):

  1. Vajrā,
  2. Vārāhī,
  3. Yāminī,
  4. Sañcāraṇī,
  5. Santrāsanī,
  6. Cāṇḍikā.

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., ṣaṣ-yoginī). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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