Shadyoginimantra, Ṣaḍyoginīmantra, Shadyogini-mantra: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Ṣaḍyoginīmantra can be transliterated into English as Sadyoginimantra or Shadyoginimantra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

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

Ṣaḍyoginīmantra (षड्योगिनीमन्त्र) refers to the “six-yoginī mantra”, and 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. 

These six mantras are taught to be the six Yoginīs:

  1. oṃ vaṃ,
  2. hāṃ yoṃ,
  3. hrīṃ moṃ,
  4. hreṃ hrīṃ,
  5. hūṃ hūṃ,
  6. phaṭ phaṭ;

Each mantra consists of two syllables, and each Yoginī is visualized to be developed from the latter syllable of each mantra.

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.

A practitioner visualizes them without male companions. Alternatively, a  practitioner visualizes them with their male consorts such as Vajrasattva. The text does not explain which doctrinal concepts represent the purity inherent to the six Yoginīs.

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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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