84000 Glossary of Terms

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གཙུག་ཏོར་འཕགས་པ། | Glossary of Terms


    gtsug tor ’phags pa


  • Term
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Translation by Celso Wilkinson · Laura Goetz
  • Raised uṣṇīṣa
  • གཙུག་ཏོར་འཕགས་པ།
  • gtsug tor ’phags pa
  • uṣṇīṣonnata

The uṣṇīṣa, described in this text as “raised” (Skt. unnata) is one of the most prominent of the thirty-two signs of a great being and is often placed first or last in the list. In its simplest form it is an elevated shape of the head, like a turban (the Sanskrit term uṣṇīṣa in fact means “turban”), or more elaborately a dome-shaped extension. The extension is described as having various magical attributes such as emitting and absorbing rays of light or reaching such an immense height that the gods are incapable of flying over it.