Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2016

Vajra Meaning

vajraVAJRA ( Skt. ) DORJE ( Tib. ) DIAMOND
It was recently presented ” Vajradhara ” ” Dorje Chang” ( album “Small garlands of deities ” ) . In its symbolism we find the Vajra . The vajra is probably the most important symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. The term means “diamond” and refers to the indestructible nature of the mind itself , of awakening. This small scepter seems to be, at the origin, the diamond thunderbolt of Indra, a symbol of royalty and power.
When combined with the bell, the vajra symbolizes skillful means and compassion, while the bell represents knowledge and emptiness. Taken separately, it has a complete symbolism which is as follows:
  •  The 5 top branches (1) represent the 5 wisdoms, five facets of the diamond which is the enlightened mind:
  1. Wisdom similar to the mirror, which means that the awakened mind, like a perfectly polished mirror, clearly reflecting all things, has the ability to know everything ;
  2. The wisdom of equality, which recognizes that all phenomena of samsara and nirvana are equal in nature , or of a single essence : emptiness ;
  3. The wisdom of distinction , which indicates that the awakened mind perceives not only the emptiness of all phenomena but also, in simultaneity without confusion, all phenomena as they occur;
  4. Fulfilling wisdom, which allows Buddhas to create pure fields and emanations working for the benefit of beings ;
  5. The wisdom of the universal space ( dharmadatou ), indicating that all phenomena, beyond all duality, remain in the pure knowledge of the mind.
  6. At the same time as the five wisdoms , the five upper branches symbolize the 5 Victorious Ones or five principal male Buddhas on a mystical level : Vairocana , Akshobya , Ratnasambhava , Amitabha , Amoghasiddhi .

 

  • 5 The lower branches (2) symbolize the five female Buddhas. Taken as a whole , the 10 branches also symbolize the ten perfections (generosity, ethics, diligence , concentration, knowledge , skillful means , wishes , force, primordial consciousness) or the 10 lands of bodhisattvas.
  • The mouths of makara ( sea monster ) (3) , from which emerge branches, denote liberation from the cycle of existences.
  •  The top 8 petals (4 ) represent the eight male bodhisattvas, residing in the celestial realms.
  • The 8 lower petals ( 5) are the 8 female bodhisattvas. Taken together , the 16 petals also symbolize the 16 emptinesses .
  • Above the petals, two moon discs (6) ( one on each side ) symbolize the two openings of the heart, relative and absolute .
  • Between the base of the 8 petals and the center circle are interspersed 3 circles (7) representing the three characteristics of awakened bliss : emptiness, featureless and effortless.
  • The round part in the middle ( 8) refers to emptiness

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