Vajrapanilokeshvara, Vajrapāṇilokeśvara, Vajrapani-lokeshvara: 1 definition



Vajrapanilokeshvara 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.

The Sanskrit term Vajrapāṇilokeśvara can be transliterated into English as Vajrapanilokesvara or Vajrapanilokeshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Vajrapāṇilokeśvara (वज्रपाणिलोकेश्वर) or simply Vajrapāṇi refers to number 105 of the 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara found in the Machhandar Vahal (Kathmanu, Nepal). [Machhandar or Machandar is another name for for Matsyendra.]. [...]The names of the 108 deities [viz., Vajrapāṇilokeśvara] possbily originate from a Tantra included in the Kagyur which is named “the 108 names of Avalokiteshvara”, however it is not yet certain that this is the source for the Nepali descriptions.

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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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