Sthiracakra: 6 definitions



Sthiracakra 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Sthirachakra.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Sthiracakra (स्थिरचक्र) refers to one of the various forms of Mañjuśrī having their Sādhana described in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—His Colour is white; his Symbol is the sowrd; his Mudrā is the varada; his Companion is Śakti.

The Sādhana for the worship of Sthiracakra has one remarkable feature which distinguishes it from the other Sādhanas in the Sādhanamālā, namely, that it does not give the Dhyāna at astretch, but the information about his form is scattered through-out the Sādhana, which again, is in verse. From the information gleaned from the Sādhana about his form it appears that in one of his hands he carries the sword, which by radiating light destroys the darkness of ignorance, while the other is engaged in bestowing boons of all kinds, or in other words, displays the Varada pose. His colour is white and he is decked in garments of the colour of the bee; he sits onthe moon, supported by a lotus, and wears the Cīrakas which makes his body resplendent. He wears princely ornaments and displays the sentiment of passionate love. He is accompanied by a Prajñā, who is beautiful, displays the sentiment of passionate love and laughs profusely.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sthiracakra (स्थिरचक्र).—a name or epithet of Mañjuśrī: Sādhanamālā 89.7.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sthiracakra (स्थिरचक्र).—m.

(-kraḥ) A Baud'dha saint.

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

Sthiracakra (स्थिरचक्र):—[=sthira-cakra] [from sthira > sthā] m. Name of Mañju-śrī, [ib.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sthiracakra (स्थिरचक्र):—[sthira-cakra] (kraḥ) 1. m. A Bauddha saint.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Sthiracakra (स्थिरचक्र):—m. ein N. Mañjuśrī's [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 1, 1, 21.]

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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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