Subhishana, aka: Subhīṣaṇa; 1 Definition(s)


Subhishana means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

The Sanskrit term Subhīṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Subhisana or Subhishana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Subhīṣaṇa (सुभीषण) is the name of the southern cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

Subhīṣaṇa is mentioned in the Saṃvarodaya-tantra as having various associative characteristics

tree (vṛkṣa) = Cūta,
protector (dikpati) = Yama,
serpent (nāga) = Padma,
cloud (megha) = Āvartaka,
funeral monuments (caitya) = Piśunavajra,
mountain (giri) = Malaya.

The Guhyasamayasādhanamālā by Umāptideva is a 12th century ritualistic manual including forty-six Buddhist tantric sādhanas. The term sādhana refers to “rites” for the contemplation of a divinity.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
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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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