Vajra is a ritual scepter symbolizing compassion and skillful means, and also a symbol of indestructibility.
In tantric rituals, the vajra is the necessary counterpart of the bell, which symbolizes the wisdom of emptiness.
Vajra and bell are a set where both have the same number of spokes. Their number varies from one to one thousand, yet the most commonly known are the five-spoked ones called "Samaya vajra and bell" and the nine spoked called "wisdom vajra and bells".
The size of the vajra can vary from 4 inches to twenty, and the bell should be in proportion.
The appliquethangka of vajrapani is created using hundreds of hand-cut and embroidered pieces of satin and brocadesilk, stitched together with Mongolian horsetail.
This applique is handmade by following traditional methods of strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture.
About the Applique
Vajrapani is revered as the embodiment of power and the keeper of the Buddha's tantricteachings. He was given the mission of vanquishing a monster known .
Vajrapani is one of the earliest and most recognizable characters of Buddhist art. He is known for carrying a vajra scepter and being a close attendant to the historical Buddha according to the MahayanaSutras. In Vajrayana, Buddhism Vajrapani is entrusted to safeguard all of the Tantra literature and in this regard, he is known as Guhyapati - the Lord of Secrets.
Different Forms of Vajrapani
Vajrapani manifests in a variety of forms and looks, ranging from placid .
Vajrakilaya (Dorje Phurpa), also known as Vajrakumara (Dorje Zhonu, Youthful Vajra), is a wrathful Herukagod who represents all the Buddhas' enlightened action. Vajrakilaya is one of the Nyingmatantras' eight Heruka deities. GuruPadmasambhava's personal meditational deity is Vajrakilaya. When several hurdles appeared in his path, he engaged in meditation on Vajrakilaya.
Who is Vajrakilaya?
Vajrakilaya is the Buddha Vajrasattva's wrathful form. He is distinguished by the fact that he wields the phurba dagger (see .
Vajrapani Krodha has five garudas according to a MarpaKagyu lineage. Vajrapani Krodha is known as a wrathful meditational deity. Vajrapani Krodh is representing the power of all Buddhas.
The reverse of the painting of Krodha Vajrapani is decorated with a drawing of a stupa to represent the mind of all enlightened ones. Each of the figures of human teachers and deities is mar marked with the three letters, 'om ah hum', representing the wisdom .
Vajrayogini appearing in the form of Vajravarahi is one of the most popular Tantric female deities found in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. In this guise, she actually has either a single boar's face, or two faces or heads, two or more hands, and legs, red, yellow, or black in color, standing in a dancing posture, or both legs down.
Vajravarahi Vajrayogini is accompanied by 24 Dakinis, Sahaja Chakrasamvara above, and two monastic figures below. .
Hevajra is one of the main Yidams in Tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism. Hevajra's consort is Nairatmya.
The life of Hevajra
In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Hevajra, after that we will learn the short etymological description of the word Hevajra itself.
Etymology of Hevajra
Hevajra is known as pal Gye pa dor JE lha Gu'i Khyil kor in Tibet.
Earlier, we learn about the life of Hevajra. Now, we are going to learn .
Vajrabhairava with the consort Vajra Vetali surrounded by the main protectors of the Gelugpa School. Vajrabhairava is also called as Yamantaka. He is a meditational deity Ishtadevata of the Anuttarayoga Classification of Buddhist Tantra. As the supreme meditational deity of the Gelug Tradition Vajrabhairava is also looked upon as the Lord or Master.
The life of Vajrabhairava
In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Vajrabhairava, after the short etymological description of .
According to the Gelug and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Vajradhara is also known as the ultimate Primordial Buddha or Adi Buddha. Vajradhara displaced Samantabhadra who remains the Primordial Buddha in the Nyingma or Ancient School and the Sakya school. However, the two are metaphysically equivalent.
The Esse of Vajradhara
In this portion, we are going to learn about the ease of Vajradhara, after the short etymological description of the word Vajradhara itself.
Etymology of Vajradhara
Vajradhara is .