Tamranakha, aka: Tāmranakha, Tamra-nakha; 2 Definition(s)


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Tāmranakha (ताम्रनख) or Tāmranakhatā refers to “copper-coloured nails” and represents the first of the “eighty secondary characteristics” (anuvyañjana) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 83). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., tāmra-nakha). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Tāmranakha (ताम्रनख) refers to “fingernails of copper colour” and represents the first of the eighty minor marks of distinction (anuvyañjana) mentioned in the Sukhāvatī and following the order of the Mahāvyutpatti (269-348). In Tibetan, the characteristic called Tāmranakha is known as ‘sen mo zangs kyi mdog lta bu’. The Sukhāvatī represents a prayer for rebirth which was composed by Karma chags med, a Karma bka’ brgyud master, who lived in the seventeenth century.

Source: academia.edu: A Prayer for Rebirth in the Sukhāvatī

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