Yamantaka, aka: Yamāntaka, Yama-antaka; 5 Definition(s)
Yamantaka 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.
Yamāntaka (यमान्तक).—A commander of Bhaṇḍa.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 21. 82.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
(Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)
Yamantaka (a Vidyarajas) (Chinese: Ta wei te; Japanese: Daiitoku), Conqueror of Death, is believed to be a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom which overcomes evil, suffering and death. In Vajrayana Buddhism, he is frequently depicted as a buffalo headed demon, but in the museums sand mandala, he is symbolized by a blue vajra, or thunderbolt.(Source): The Art of Asia: Tibetan Buddhism
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)
Yamāntaka (यमान्तक) refers to the first of the “ten wrathful ones” (daśakrodha) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 11). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., daśa-krodha and Yamāntaka). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Yamāntaka (यमान्तक).—The presentation of offerings befitting a great protective divinity does not in itself ‘activate’ Yama to perform any specific tasks assigned by a devotee. Yama can be generally propitiated by these offerings—but he may be commanded to perform desired tasks by the superior deity, Yamāntaka (‘Ender of Yama’), in one of his several forms (in a Gsar ma context, Kṛṣṇayamāri, Raktayamāri and Vajrabhairava) since it is Yamāntaka who binds Yama by oath to protect Buddhism.(Source): Institute of Buddhist Studies: Buddhist Forum, Volume 4 (buddhism)
Languages of India and abroad
Yamāntaka (यमान्तक).—an epithet of
2) of Yama.
Derivable forms: yamāntakaḥ (यमान्तकः).
Yamāntaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yama and antaka (अन्तक).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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