Vajrapani in Pali Canon

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Vajrapani in Pali Canon

Post by Keith » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:03 am

Other than the reference in the Ambattha Sutta (DN 3), is Vajrapani mentioned elsewhere in the Pali Canon?

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Re: Vajrapani in Pali Canon

Post by Dhammanando » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:41 am

The only other occurrence is in the Cūḷasaccakasutta.

https://legacy.suttacentral.net/en/mn35
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If ye thus walk in them, Māra will find no lodgement, Māra will find no foothold.”
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Re: Vajrapani in Pali Canon

Post by Aloka » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:09 pm

Keith wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:03 am
Other than the reference in the Ambattha Sutta (DN 3), is Vajrapani mentioned elsewhere in the Pali Canon?

According to Bhikkhu Sujato's translation at Sutta central, its "Vajirapani" in DN3 (with an i between the j and r), and not Vajrapani.

https://suttacentral.net/dn3/en/sujato

Vajrapani is a Mahayana/Vajrayana deity.



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Re: Vajrapani in Pali Canon

Post by Dhammanando » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:17 pm

Aloka wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:09 pm
According to Bhikkhu Sujato's translation at Sutta central, its "Vajirapani" in DN3 (with an i between the j and r), and not Vajrapani.
The Theravāda and Mahāyāna Vajrapāṇi conceptions are both derived from the Vedic deity Indra.

The different spellings are simply owing to the fact that in Pali you can't have a j followed by an r, and so Skt. vajra takes the forms vajira or vajīra.
“Keep to your own pastures, bhikkhus, walk in the haunts where your fathers roamed.
If ye thus walk in them, Māra will find no lodgement, Māra will find no foothold.”
— Cakkavattisīhanāda Sutta

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Re: Vajrapani in Pali Canon

Post by Aloka » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:53 pm

Dhammanando wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:17 pm
Aloka wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:09 pm
According to Bhikkhu Sujato's translation at Sutta central, its "Vajirapani" in DN3 (with an i between the j and r), and not Vajrapani.
The Theravāda and Mahāyāna Vajrapāṇi conceptions are both derived from the Vedic deity Indra.

The different spellings are simply owing to the fact that in Pali you can't have a j followed by an r, and so Skt. vajra takes the forms vajira or vajīra.
How interesting, thank you Bhante, I've learned something new!

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