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Nirmanakaya 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source : Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śaivism) Nirmāṇakāya (निर्माणकाय).—Śiva has a body called Nirmāṇakāya at the time of his avatāra . “Śiva has an avatāraśarīra called Nirmāṇakāya with śuddhasattva as the principal aspect” ( Kannaḍa Nighaṇṭu , vol. 5, p. 4696).

Shaivism book cover context information Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source : Google Books: The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual The four aspects of the Nirmāṇakāya are part of the Sixteen Aspects ( ṣoḍaśākārā ) of Gnosis ( jñāna ) in terms of ultimate reality.

  1. the Nirmāṇa-body ( nirmāṇa-kāya )
  2. the Nirmāṇa-mind ( nirmāṇa-citta )
  3. the Nirmāṇa-speech ( nirmāṇa-vāc )
  4. the Nirmāṇa-gnosis ( nirmāṇa-jñāna )

Tibetan Buddhism book cover 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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source : Shambala Publications: General Nirmānakāya; See Trikāya.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source : Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary Nirmāṇakāya (निर्माणकाय).— m. , body of magic transformation : Mahāvyutpatti 118; Daśabhūmikasūtra .g. 6(342).22. In Mahāvyutpatti contrasts with dhar- ma-k° (3) and saṃbhoga-k°; see s.v. kāya, end. In Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) ix.60, 63 nairmāṇikaḥ k°; Lévi métamorphique . See also Mus, Barabudur (II) 643 ff. ( corps d'artifice ). In Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 241.7 nirmāṇa-kāyair may be an early occurrence of this; see Suzuki's translation(s), and Studies p. 145; compare also Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 314.2. Cf. nairmāṇikaṃ (q.v.) kāyaṃ Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 73.9 (verse), but the same verse 276.10 reads nairvāṇikaṃ.

Source : Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary Nirmāṇakāya (निर्माणकाय):—[= nir-māṇa-kāya ] [from nir-māṇa > nir-mā ] m. the body of transformations, [Buddhist literature; Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 247]

context information Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् ( saṃskṛtam ), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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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Item last updated: 09 August, 2020