Vajrajatila, Vajrajaṭila: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Vajrajatila 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Vajrajaṭila (वज्रजटिल) is the husband of Mahābhairavā: the name of a Ḍākinī (‘sacred girl’) presiding over Oḍra: one of the four Kṣetras (‘sacred spot’) present within the Vākcakra (‘circle of word’), according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. The Vākcakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts resided over by twenty-four Ḍākinīs whose husbands (viz., Vajrajaṭila) abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Mahābhairavā has for her husband the hero (vīra) named Vajrajaṭila. She is the presiding deity of Oḍra and the associated internal location are the ‘breasts’ and the bodily ingredient (dhātu) is the ‘bile’.

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Vajrajaṭila (वज्रजटिल) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Mahābhairavī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Vajrajaṭila] each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.

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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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