Tejodhatu, Tejas-dhatu: 6 definitions


Tejodhatu 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

Tejodhātu (“fire-element”, “heat-element”); s. dhātu.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Tejodhatu in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Tejodhātu (तेजोधातु) refers to the “realm of fire”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Having entered into the way of the realm of the dharma, he knows the fact that [...] there is no duality of the realm of aggregates and the realm of the dharma; why?—because the realm of aggregates has the nature of the realm of the dharma; there is no duality of the realm of earth, water, fire (tejodhātu) or wind and the realm of the dharma; why?—because the earth, water, fire or wind has the nature of the realm of the dharma; [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Tejodhātu (तेजोधातु) refers to the “element of fire” and is associated with Ākarṣaṇī, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “[...] Mohavajrī in the eyes. Dveṣavajrī in the ears. Īrṣyāvajrī in the nostrils. Rāgavajrī in the mouth. Sūryavajrī in touch. Aiśvaryavajrī in the seat of all senses. The element of earth, Pātanī. The element of water, Māraṇī. The element of fire (tejodhātu), Ākarṣaṇī. The element of wind, Padmanṛtyeśvarī. The element of Space, Padmajvālanī. Thus, the purity of the divinities in the seat of the elements”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Tejodhatu in Buddhism glossary
Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Fire element (tejo-dhātu): Internal fire elements include

  • those bodily mechanisms that produce physical warmth,
  • ageing,
  • digestion, etc.

Also see: Mahābhūta;

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

tejodhātu : (f.) element of heat.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tejodhatu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Tejodhātu (तेजोधातु).—the element (see dhātu 1) fire: as purifier of bodily impurities, Mahāvastu i.357.16 f. and Lalitavistara 18.22 ff., Pratyekabuddhas in gaining nirvāṇa attain the element fire (tejodhātuṃ samāpadyitvā, Lalitavistara samāpadya), and by this (svakāye tejodhātūye, Mahāvastu) their ‘flesh and blood’ (Mahāvastu) or these and other bodily substances, incl. pitta, śleṣman, asthi, snāyu (Lalitavistara), are burnt up, whereupon their purified bodies fall to earth; as source of supernatural power in a religious person possessing it, Mahāvastu i.232.(5—)6 (meghasya) māṇavakasya tejodhātubhāvena, by reason of the state of fire (-element) possessed by the Brahman youth Megha (no reason to suspect corruption with Senart); Svāgata was declared preëminent among those attaining the fire-element, tejodhātuṃ samāpadyamānānāṃ Divyāvadāna 186.20—21 (compare above).

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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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