vajrapada

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Glossaryvajrapada

Sanskrit Noun

vajrapada

vajra topics
वज्रपद
རྡོ་རྗེའི་གནས་

Basic Meaning

Literally, vajra-footing, or base. In the context of the Ratnagotravibhāga, this is the name given to the seven subjects that are addressed in the treatise. These seven are the buddha, dharma, sangha, the element (dhātu), enlightenment (bodhi), enlightened qualities (guṇa), and enlightened activities (karman).

Has the Sense of

Vajra has a variety of meanings depending on the context, thus it is often left untranslated. For instance, it can both refer to a physical diamond and something which has the physical qualities of a diamond, i.e. indestructible or indivisible. In this latter sense it is often rendered as "adamantine". In the Ratnagotravibhāga the seven main topics of the treatise are called "vajra" subjects, because they are difficult to penetrate through an understanding that is arrived at through merely hearing or contemplating. In other words, they require direct experience.

Term Variations
Key Term vajrapada
Topic Variation vajrapada
Tibetan རྡོ་རྗེའི་གནས་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration rdo rje'i gnas
Devanagari Sanskrit वज्रपद
Buddha-nature Site Standard English vajra topics
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term vajra points
Dan Martin's English Term adamantine topics
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Literally, vajra-footing, or base. In the context of the Ratnagotravibhāga, this is the name given to the seven subjects that are addressed in the treatise. These seven are the buddha, dharma, sangha, the element (dhātu), enlightenment (bodhi), enlightened qualities (guṇa), and enlightened activities (karman).
Has the Sense of Vajra has a variety of meanings depending on the context, thus it is often left untranslated. For instance, it can both refer to a physical diamond and something which has the physical qualities of a diamond, i.e. indestructible or indivisible. In this latter sense it is often rendered as "adamantine". In the Ratnagotravibhāga the seven main topics of the treatise are called "vajra" subjects, because they are difficult to penetrate through an understanding that is arrived at through merely hearing or contemplating. In other words, they require direct experience.
Term Type Noun
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