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Meaning of Vajrasattva Thangka

Thangka painting depicting Buddhist deity Vajrasattva, who is the Buddha of purification. He is the essence of cosmic consciousness, emptiness and bliss. Vajrasattva is the archetype of the adamantine path of Tantric Yoga. In the painting, Vajrasattva is represented in embrace with his feminine self. It is the union of the female principle of wisdom (represented by the bell in the left hand) and the male principle of compassion (represented by the Vajra held in the right hand), which leads to harmony and wholeness.


Vajrasattva is an important figure in the tantric Buddhism of the Kathmandu Valley. He represents the ideal guru, and is frequently invoked in the guru mandala. The Vajrasattva mantra is regarded as having the ability to purify karma, bring peace, and cause enlightened activity.

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