Vajrashani, Vajrāśani, Vajra-ashani, Vajrāsanī: 6 definitions



Vajrashani 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.

The Sanskrit term Vajrāśani can be transliterated into English as Vajrasani or Vajrashani, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Vajrāsanī (वज्रासनी) is the name of Dūtī (i.e., messengers of Lord Vajrapāṇi) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Vajrāsanī).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vajrashani in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vajrāśani (वज्राशनि).—the thunderbolt of Indra; वज्राशनिसम- स्पर्शा अर्जुनेन शरा युधि (vajrāśanisama- sparśā arjunena śarā yudhi) Mb.6.119.6

Derivable forms: vajrāśaniḥ (वज्राशनिः).

Vajrāśani is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and aśani (अशनि).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vajrāśani (वज्राशनि).—m.

(-niḥ) Indra'S thunder-bolt.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vajrāśani (वज्राशनि):—[from vajra > vaj] mfn. Indra’s th°, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vajrāśani (वज्राशनि):—[vajrā+śani] (niḥ) 2. m. Indra's thunderbolt.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Vajrāśani (वज्राशनि):—m. f. Indra's Donnerkeil [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa.1,1,62.] [Jaṭādhara] in [Oxforder Handschriften 191,b,1.] samasvana [Rāmāyaṇa 4, 43, 38.] vajrāśanīnāṃ saṃpāte, vibhūṣita, nipāta [5, 7, 64.] Oft werden vajra und aśani von einander unterschieden, z. B. [Harivaṃśa 7551. fg.]

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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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