Vairocana; 4 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Vairochana.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Vairocana (वैरोचन) refers to “shining Buddha” and represents one of the “five Buddhas” (pañcabuddha) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 3). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., pañcabuddha and Vairocana). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Vairocana (वैरोचन).—a. Solar; वैरोचनैर्द्वीगुणिताः सहसा मयूखैः (vairocanairdvīguṇitāḥ sahasā mayūkhaiḥ) Ki.5.46.

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Vairocana (वैरोचन).—

1) Epithets of the demon Bali, son of Virochana; व्यक्षोभयेतां तौ सैन्यमिन्द्र- वैरोचनाविव (vyakṣobhayetāṃ tau sainyamindra- vairocanāviva) Mb. 1.138.46.

2) Of the son of Agni.

3) Of the son of Sūrya.

Derivable forms: vairocanaḥ (वैरोचनः).

See also (synonyms): vairocani, vairoci.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vairocana (वैरोचन).—(1) (= Pali vero°, Sanskrit viro°) the sun: °naṃ vā gagaṇasmiṃ sarvaraśmisamāgataṃ arcitvā… Mv ii.304.9 (verse); °nasya jagato viśiṣṭā ābhā (Senart adds abhū) bhaviṣyati kiṃ tu adya Mv ii.316.9 (verse); this is probably the meaning of the first member of many of the cpd. proper names which follow this entry; (2) (compare Pali 2 Verocana in DPPN, n. of a certain jewel; AMg. vairoyaṇa, fire; and see virocana 1), a certain jewel (also viro°): °nāṃ maṇiratnāṃ grahetvā Mv ii.317.13 (verse); °na-maṇi- ratna- Gv 101.12 (prose; -padmagarbhāṇi); 159.1 (prose; vitāna-vitataṃ); (3) n. of one (the first) of the five ‘transcendent’ Buddhas: Dharmas 3 (first of ‘five Buddhas’); Mvy 82 (foll. by the other four of Dharmas 3, at the head of a list of names of Tathāgatas) = Tibetan rnam par snaṅ mdzad; once replaced by Kāyeśa, q.v.; Sādh 16.9 etc. (same group of five); he is probably identical with the Vairo- cana who occurs in Śākyamuni's place in the standard series of Buddhas (after Kāśyapa) Gv 298.6; the standard story of Śākyamuni's birth in the Lumbinī grove is told of Vai°, Gv 379.24 ff.; 381.5, with the usual personnel, Māyā, Gopā, etc.; mentioned with Gopā but not as her husband, 396.23; other refs., see s.v. Māyā (1); and compare P. Mus, Barabudur, p. 584; a Tathāgata of this name mentioned in several earlier passages of Gv, e.g. 40.1; 277.23; 290.23, with what seems to be special respect, may be identified with the V. just described, and so probably with the ‘transcendent’ Buddha; in Gv 82.12 the last of a list of Buddhas the first of which is Amitābha, but the others mostly unknown; (4) probably not to be identified with the prec., n. of one or more former (in Mmk perhaps contemporary) Buddhas: LV 171.10 (verse; Lefm. Virocana (3), most mss. Vai°, metr. indifferent); Mmk 64.2; Gv 104.18; (5) n. of a future Buddha: Mv iii.330.15; (6) n. of a cakravartin, former incarnation of Maitreya: Mv i.59.2, 13; (7) n. of a nīlakāyika (q.v.) devaputra: LV 383.11; (8) n. of a samādhi: Mvy 536; ŚsP 1417.12.

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