Vishuddhipada, Viśuddhipada, Vishuddhi-pada: 1 definition


Vishuddhipada 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 Viśuddhipada can be transliterated into English as Visuddhipada or Vishuddhipada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Google Books: An Illustrated History of the Mandala

Viśuddhipada (विशुद्धिपद) refers to the “seventeen stations of purity”, according to the Prajñāpāramitānayasūtra: an ancient Buddhist Tantric text recited daily in the Japanese Shingon sect which is closely related to the Sarvatathāgatatattvasaṃgraha.—The Prajñāpāramitānayasūtra explains that the defilements of sentient beings are pure (viśuddhi) by nature and represent nothing other than the state of a Bodhisattva, and this idea is explained by means of the analogy of erotic love in the seventeen viśuddhipadas, or stations of purity. The visualization of the seventeen-deity maṇḍala, representing the deification of the seventeen viśuddhipadas, was thought to facilitate the attainment of enlightenment through the sublimation of the defilements into the mind of enlightenment (bodhicitta).

The seventeen Viśuddhipadas are:

  1. surata (associated with Vajrasattva and Vajrasattva),
  2. kāma (dhenu) (associated with Vajramanodbhava and Vajramanodbhava),
  3. sparśa (associated with Vajrakīlikīla and Vajrakīlikīla),
  4. bandhana (associated with Vajranismara and Vajranismara),
  5. sarvaiśvarya (associated with Vajragarva and Vajragarva),
  6. dṛṣṭi (associated with Lāsyā and Vajralāsyā),
  7. rati (associated with Hāsyā and Vajramālā),
  8. tṛṣṇā (associated with Gītā and Vajragītā),
  9. garva (associated with Nṛtyā and Vajranṛtyā),
  10. bhūṣaṇa (associated with Madhuvajrī and Vajrapuṣpā),
  11. āhlādana (associated with Vajrameghā and Vajradhūpā),
  12. āloka (associated with Śāradavajrī and Vajrālokā),
  13. kāyasukha (associated with Hemantavajrī and Vajragandhā),
  14. rūpa (associated with Rūpavajra and Vajrāṅkuśa),
  15. śabda (associated with Śabdavajra and Vajrapāśa),
  16. gandha (associated with Gandhavajra and Vajrasphoṭa),
  17. rasa (associated with Rasavajra and Vajrāveśa).
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context information

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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