Vimalaprabha, Vimala-prabha: 5 definitions


Vimalaprabha 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.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Vimalaprabhā (विमलप्रभा) refers to the commentary on the Kālacakratantra, the famous Tantra of the Buddhists which introduces the cult of Kālacakra into Buddhism.—Vimalaprabhā is the commentary on the Kālacakratantra which is referred to in the Niṣpannayogāvalī. It is thus probable that the cult of Kālacakra came into vogue in the 10th century. According to the Kālacakratantra, the cult was given the name of Ādibuddhayāna or Ādiyāna. From the Vimalaprabhā it is evident that by introducing the worship of Kālacakra, the circle of time, an attempt was made to bring the warring communities of the Hindus and the Buddhists under the same banner, and unite them against the cultural penetration of the Mlecchas from the Western borders of India where the followers of Islam were daily growing strong and were destroying old and ancient civilizations.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Vimalaprabha (विमलप्रभ, “pure light”) refers to one of the “four concentrations” (samādhi) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 136). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., vimala-prabha). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vimalaprabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vimalaprabha (विमलप्रभ).—(1) name of a former Buddha: Sukhāvatīvyūha 5.11; (2) name of a Bodhisattva: Gaṇḍavyūha 3.15; (3) name of a śuddhā- vāsakāyika god: Lalitavistara 267.9; (4) name of two samādhis, in the same list: Mahāvyutpatti 544 = Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 1418.9, and Mahāvyutpatti 609 = Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 1425.2; also one of (only) four samādhis, Dharmasaṃgraha 136; (5) name of a former kalpa: Gaṇḍavyūha 174.21; of another, also called Vimalābha, q.v., Gaṇḍavyūha 307.9 (prose).

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Vimalaprabhā (विमलप्रभा).—(text °prabhāsa, with only one ms., but repeated in WT), name of a samādhi: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 424.7.

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

1) Vimalaprabha (विमलप्रभ):—[=vi-mala-prabha] [from vi-mala] m. a [particular] Samādhi, [Buddhist literature] (also f(ā). , [Dharmasaṃgraha 136])

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a Buddha, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] of a Devaputra, [ib.] ([varia lectio] a-vimala-p)

4) Vimalaprabhā (विमलप्रभा):—[=vi-mala-prabhā] [from vimala-prabha > vi-mala] f. Name of a princess, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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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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