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abhaya-mudrā

abhaya-mudrā  

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(Skt., ‘fearlessness’ + mudra).The gesture of being without fear (only acquired in full in the condition of mokṣa).
Akṣobhya

Akṣobhya  

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(Skt.). The ‘Immovable One’, one of the five Jinas.normally depicted iconographically as a blue, or sometimes white, saṃbhoga-kāya Buddha associated with the eastern quarter. He is also viewed as the ...
Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi  

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(Skt., ‘the unerring achiever of the goal’).One of the five transcendent Buddhas in Mahāyāna and Zen Buddhism. His mudra is that of fearlessness, and his emblem is vajra, the absolute and ...
Ānanda Temple

Ānanda Temple  

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A temple in Pagān.Burma.constructed by Kyanzittha who ascended the throne of Pagān in 1084. The temple, possibly intended as a funerary monument for its builder, is constructed in the form of a cross ...
Bharata Nāṭyam

Bharata Nāṭyam  

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The name given to the modern, South Indian classical dance form, which is descended from earlier solo dance-dramas, and seems to have originated as a temple dance performed by women. The poses and ...
bhūmi-sparśa-mudrā

bhūmi-sparśa-mudrā  

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(Skt., earth-touching gesture).A mudrā.or iconographic posture, in which the Buddha is depicted seated in the lotus posture (padmāsana) touching the earth with his right hand. Usually all the fingers ...
body, speech, mind

body, speech, mind  

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A frequent division, especially in Tibetan Buddhism, of the sentient being into his three functional aspects which tantric practice or sādhana practice aims to transmute into the body, speech, and ...
Chen-yen tsung

Chen-yen tsung  

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(Chin.). A school of Chinese Buddhism sometimes referred to in English as the ‘esoteric school’ (see Esoteric Buddhism). It represents an importation of tantric Buddhism from India into China.but ...
devatā

devatā  

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(Skt.). In tantric Buddhism a deity, usually a Buddha or a Bodhisattva.who is a transformation or emanation of the qualities and facets of the Truth Body (dharma-kāya). The devatā may become manifest ...
dharma-mudrā

dharma-mudrā  

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(Skt.). Seal of Dharma; one of the four meditational seals (mudrā) according to the yoga-tantra. It refers to the process of imaging the Buddhas in transformational meditation practice by way of ...
dhyāna

dhyāna  

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A general term for meditation across a variety of Hindu traditions. More specifically, one of the aṣṭāṅgas, the eight limbs of (or aids to) yoga, according to the classical, or Rāja Yoga system ...
esoteric Buddhism

esoteric Buddhism  

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A general term for certain Buddhist schools and practices originally developing in parallel with Hindu (see Hinduism) tantra with mutual influence at a later stage. It is distinguished from exoteric ...
fang Yen-kou

fang Yen-kou  

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Chinese Buddhist ceremony for the ‘release of the burning mouths’. The ‘burning mouths’ are a type of hungry ghost (preta). The monks break open the gates of hell (naraka), with incantation and the ...
In-zo

In-zo  

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Jap. for mudra.
Jñāna-mudra

Jñāna-mudra  

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The Hindu mudra (hand symbol) encapsulating knowledge: the index finger and thumb are joined, with the fingers outstretched; the finger (jīva) is united with the thumb (ātman), in the truth which ...
karma-mudrā

karma-mudrā  

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1 Action Seal; one of the four meditational seals (mudrā) according to the yoga-tantra. It refers to the process of imaging the Buddhas in transformational meditation practice by way of hand-gestures ...
mahāmudrā

mahāmudrā  

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1 Great Seal; one of the four meditational seals (mudrā) according to yoga-tantra. It refers to the process of imaging the Buddhas in transformational meditation practice by way of their body-images ...
Mahā-vairocana-abhisaṃbodhi Tantra

Mahā-vairocana-abhisaṃbodhi Tantra  

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The ‘Tantra of the Awakening of Mahā-vairocana’, a highly influential caryā-tantra probably composed in the mid-7th century ce. It is possibly the earliest such work to systematically present the ...
Mudra

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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(Skt., ‘seal’, ‘sign’).

In both Hinduism and Buddhism, a sign of power, through the body, especially the hands.

In Hinduism,

Mudrā

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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The hand gestures in Indian classical dance are commonly known as mudrā, although the term used by dancers is

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