Vajratundasamayakalparaja, Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, Vajratunda-samayakalparaja: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja (वज्रतुण्डसमयकल्पराज) is the name of an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), that can be translated as “The Vajra Beak Vow, King of Ritual Manuals” or “The Vow of the One with Vajra Beak, King of Ritual Manuals”.—The Vajratuṇḍa-samayakalparāja is a detailed ritual manual which gives various instructions enabling the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople. These techniques, primarily for rainmaking and also for other kinds of weather control, work by overpowering Nāgas held responsible for precipitation; furthermore, there are prescriptions for the use of specially empowered pesticides to eliminate crop damage.

Description of the name: (a) vajratuṇḍa (“adamantine beak”) occur in various Buddhist and Brahmanical sources, sometimes in a general meaning and occasionally as a proper name. (b) samaya (“vow”), the title of the Pali Mahāsamayasutta may be recalled, in a section of which the Buddha makes peace between Nāgas and Garuḍas. (c) kalparāja or “King of Ritual Manuals” is a genre among earlier Buddhist ritual texts.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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