Trikaya, Tri-kaya, Trikāya: 4 definitions
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General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Shambala Publications: General
Trikāya Skt., lit., “three bodies”; refers to the three bodies possessed by a buddha according to the Mahāyāna view. The basis of this teaching is the conviction that a buddha is one with the absolute and manifests in the relative world in order to work for the welfare of all beings. The three bodies are:
1. Dharmakāya (body of the great order); the true nature of the Buddha, which is identical with transcendental reality, the essence of the universe. The dharmakāya is the unity of the Buddha with everything existing. At the same time it represents the “law” (dharma), the teaching expounded by the Buddha.
2. Sambhogakāya (“body of delight”); the body of buddhas who in a “buddha-paradise” enjoy the truth that they embody.
3. Nirmānakāya (“body of transformation”); the earthly body in which buddhas appear to men in order to fulfill the buddhas’ resolve to guide all beings to liberation.
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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Trikāya (त्रिकाय).—Name of Buddha.
Derivable forms: trikāyaḥ (त्रिकायः).
Trikāya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and kāya (काय).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-yaḥ) A name of Bud'dha, the founder of the Baud'dha sect. E. tri three, and kāya a body, the three-bodied.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Trikāya (त्रिकाय):—[=tri-kāya] [from tri] m. ‘having 3 bodies’, a Buddha, [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 246.]
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
A. The teaching of the establishment of the kayas and wisdoms, by completing the path < [Chapter XIII - The Fruition, the Great Self-existence]
Part 3a.3 - The conduct accompanying that < [B. The explanation of meditation practice, together with its action of ripening and freeing]
Part 4 - The instruction about defilement by mind-made meditation < [E. There is no realization by the words of doctrine]
The gods of northern Buddhism (by Alice Getty)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 2 - Notes on the Buddha’s omniscience (sarvajñatā) < [Chapter I - Explanation of Arguments]
Appendix 4 - The brahmanical trimūrti (Śiva, Viṣṇu and Brahmā) < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)