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abhaya

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A formal vow taken by saṃnyāsins never to kill or do violence to any living creature.

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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... (‘ fearless ’, ‘ not dangerous ’, ‘ safe ’) Name of Śiva...

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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... (‘ freedom from fear ’) A formal vow taken by saṃnyāsins never to kill or do violence to any living...

Abhaya-mudra

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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

Abhaya-vacana

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...-vacana (Skt., ‘fearlessness’ + ‘words’). The capacity in Hinduism to speak without mortal or bodily fear, when one has achieved spiritual...

abhaya-mudrā

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A Dictionary of Buddhism

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...-mudrā (Skt., gesture of fearlessness). Iconographic hand gesture ( mudrā ) whose purpose is to dispel fear and communicate protection, benevolence, and peace. Commonly found in representations of the Buddha and celestial Bodhisattvas, where the figure is usually depicted standing with the right arm bent, the palm raised and facing forwards, and the fingers joined. This gesture is rare among figures of lower status. There are many variations in which the left hand is also used, such as the double abhaya-mudrā found in south-east Asia, or in...

abhaya-mudrā

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...-mudrā (‘ gesture of fearlessness ’) In iconography a hand gesture ( mudrā ) in which the palm of a deity's or teacher's right hand is raised towards the devotee to inspire trust and dispel fear. Frequently represented on Hindu , Buddhist , and Jaina ...

Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya

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...Abhaya . King of Sri Lanka , he lost his kingdom to the Indian Tamils in 43 bce , the first year of his reign, but was later restored to the throne from 29 to 17 bce . Upon his restoration he founded the Abhayagiri monastery (an act ascribed in some sources to one of his predecessors) in the capital of Anurādhapura , which he donated to an individual monk . Such an act, the first gift of a monastery to an individual, caused a split within the ranks of the monks on the island. According to tradition, during his reign the Pāli Canon and its...

Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya

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...Abhaya ( r. 101–77 bce ). King of Sri Lanka and the hero of the Mahāvaṃsa , in which his battle against the non-Buddhist Damiḷas (Tamils) is celebrated and justified. He was the son of Kākavaṇṇatissa and Vihāradevī, whose antenatal cravings showed that he would be a great warrior. He was called Gāmaṇi-Abhaya and his father gathered at his court the most famous warriors of the land to be his tutors. From an early age he showed signs of audacity and bravery, and resented the confined limits of his father's kingdom, in particular the fact that his...

Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya

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The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

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...Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya . A Sinhalese king (r. 43 and 29–17 bce ) whose reign witnessed, tradition claims, a number of major developments in Sri Lankan Buddhism, including the first attempt to compile the Pāli canon ( P. tipiṭaka; S. tripiṭaka ), and its Sinhalese commentaries ( aṭṭhakathā ) in written form; this event, which is said to have occurred at a cave named Ālokalena, is considered to mark the first written transcription of a complete Buddhist canon. The Dīpavaṃsa and Mahāvaṃsa state that a gathering of arhat s had decided to commit the body of...

abhaya

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A formal vow taken by saṃnyāsins never to kill or do violence to any living creature.
Abhaya-vacana

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(Skt., ‘fearlessness’ + ‘words’).The capacity in Hinduism to speak without mortal or bodily fear, when one has achieved spiritual insight.
abhaya-mudrā

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

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King of Sri Lanka.he lost his kingdom to the Indian Tamils in 43 bce, the first year of his reign, but was later restored to the throne from 29 to 17 bce. Upon his restoration he founded the ...
DuṠṠhagāmaṇi Abhaya

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(r. 101–77 bce).King of Sri Lanka and the hero of the Mahāvaṃsa, in which his battle against the non-Buddhist Damiḷas (Tamils) is celebrated and justified. He was the son of Kākavaṇṇatissa and ...
ānandatāṇḍava

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From the 10th century ce, the standard sculptural representation in South Indian temples of Śiva Naṭarāja, the best-known example being at Cidambaram, where it represents Śiva wildly and ecstatically ...
Brāhmaṇatissa-cora

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Also known as Tissa, a Brahmin who lived at the time of King Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya (1st c.bce). According to the chronicles of Sri Lanka.he turned brigand with the intent of acquiring the throne of the ...
Lohapāsāda

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(Pāli).Literally ‘copper building’. Name of the building serving as uposatha-hall (see uposatha.Skt., poṣadha) for the Mahāvihāra. Originally built by Devānampiya Tissa, it was pulled down and ...
Mahā-thūpa

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(Pāli). The Great Stūpa at Anurādhapura in Sri Lanka which has been a centre for pilgrimage down the centuries. It was constructed by King Duṭṭhagāmaṇi Abhaya after his victory of the Tamils, ...
Abhayagiri

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A major ancient monastic complex in Anurādhapura.Sri Lanka.also known as Uttaravihāra. Founded by King Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya in the 1st century bce it consisted of a monastery (vihāra) and a stūpa.but ...
mudrā

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Term denoting gesture in Hindu dancing. Béjart chose Mudra as the name for his school in Brussels.

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