Yantrapratima, Yantrapratimā, Yantra-pratima: 2 definitions


Yantrapratima means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: 84000: Mañjuśrī­mūla­kalpa (The Root Manual of the Rites of Mañjuśrī)

Yantrapratimā (यन्त्रप्रतिमा) refers to a “diagram representation” which in Tibetan resembles Yatrapratimā (“that place where there is an image”), as mentioned in the Mañjuśrī­mūla­kalpa chapter 52 section 116.—The image spoken of here is of the deity or spirit that one is trying to summon. The Skt. yatrapratimā (“where an image is”) seems to be describing the location where one recites the mantra. The Tibetan translates as, “having made her diagram image or her actual image,” reflects the Sanskrit yantrapratimā (“a diagram representation”).

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Aspects of Jaina Art and Architecture

Yantrapratimā (यन्त्रप्रतिमा) (Sanskrit; in Prakrit: Jantapadimā) refers to “mechanical images” (of human beings), according to the Bṛhatkalpabhāṣya (Vol IV., gāthā 4915): a 6th century commentary on monastic discipline authored by Svetambara Jain exegete Saṅghadāsa.—Images of Tīrthaṃkaras were made of stones, metals, wood, clay, precious gems, jewels or semi-precious stones. The Jaina Bṛhatkalpa-bhāṣya refers to a mechanical image (jantapadimā) of a human being which could walk and open and shut its eyes. It is further said that m the Yavana country such images were turned out m large numbers Some of these may have been of wood with some metallic contrivances inside but others may have been of metal.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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