Vajrayana, aka: Vajrayāna; 5 Definition(s)
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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)
Vajrayana is a complex and multifaceted system of Buddhist thought. Vajrayana refers to one of three vehicles or routes to enlightenment, the other two being the Theravada and Mahayana. Founded by the Indian Mahasiddhas, Vajrayana subscribes to Buddhist tantric literature. Vajrayana is also known as Tantric Buddhism, Tantrayāna, Mantrayāna, Secret Mantra, Esoteric Buddhism and the Diamond Way or Thunderbolt Way.Source: WikiPedia: Vajrayana
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
According to Vajrayāna Prajñā and Upāya reside within the body of sentient being. Upāya resides in the high plexus (Uṣaṇīṣa Kamala) and the Prajñā dwells in the lowest plexus (Mūlādhāra), the sacrococcygeal plexuses. The central objective of the Tantra, Sādhanā is to awaken the Prajñā (Herukā), fro mthe lowest plexuses and making her proceed in an upward movement till she becomes united with Upāya in Uṣaṇīṣa Kamala. In Vajrayāna mand represents Upāya and womand represents Prajñā. The esoteric commingling of the two is the giver of supreme bliss (Mahāsukha), it leads from spiritual discipliune and yogic control, it leaves to the spiritual oneness, which is the state of the Boddhicitta. Vajrayāna accepts and leads to the equipollence of Prajñā and Upāya.Source: Google Books: Buddhist Tantra: A Philosophical Reflection and Religious InvestigationAlso called Tantrayana.Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary
Vajrayāna Skt., lit., “Diamond Vehicle”; a school of Buddhism that arose, primarily in northeast and northwest India, around the middle of the first millennium. It developed out of the teachings of the Mahāyāna and reached Tibet, China, and Japan from Central Asia and India along with the Mahāyāna. This movement arose from a need to extend the worldview of Buddhism to inveterate “magical” practices and is characterized by a psychological method based on highly developed ritual practices. The Vajrayāna had its origin in small groups of practitioners gathered around a master (guru). The accessibility of Vajrayāna through written texts as well as its assimilation by monastic institutions was a relatively late development in this movement. Because of the use of certain sacred syllables, Tibetan Buddhism also refers to the Vajrayāna as the Mantrayāna.Source: Shambala Publications: General
In Vajrayāna, in the Samputa tantra it is clarified that there are three stages of Buddhahood. Two stages of Buddhas who do not recognize all phenomena as being the display of their own wisdom and the thireenth bhumi, Vajradhara, where all phenomena are so recognized.Source: SgForums: Buddhism
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Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Andreas Kretschmar)
Text Section 207 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Section 69 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Section 100 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
The Indian Buddhist Iconography (by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya)
Chenian Short Lectures in America (by Yogi C. M. Chen)
Chapter 3 - Deep Breathing < [Part One]
Chapter 1 - Why is Traditional Buddhism Better < [Part Two]
Chapter 2 - The Three Identifications < [Part One]
The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
Part 1 - The instruction of the need to train in the vajrayana, the essence of the teachings < [A. Resolving the view]
Part 2 - Why mantrayana is higher than the vehicles of characteristics < [A. Resolving the view]
Part 2c - The process of meditation in the developing stage and completion stage < [B. The explanation of meditation practice, together with its action of ripening and freeing]
A Golden Ring (by Dr. Yutang Lin)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)