Esoteric Buddhist statue, Tantric Dharmapala and protector Yi dam. Vajrapani.
Tibetan statuette made by specialized Tibetan craftsmen.
Dimensions: 26cm high by 21cm wide by 9cm deep
An opening on the back is made (6th photo) to put offerings and prayers inside during the blessing like all traditional Buddhist statuettes.
Vajrapāni is a compound word in Sanskrit in which "Vajra" means "diamond or lightning" and "pāni" means "in hand"
Vajrapani is one of the first bodhisattvas to appear in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and stood up to symbolize the buddha's power.
Vajrapāni is widely represented in Buddhist iconography as one of the first three protective deities or bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the virtues of the Buddha: Manjushri manifests all the wisdom of the Buddhas, Avalokiteśvara manifests all the immense compassion of the Buddhas, and Vajrapāni protects Buddha and manifests all the power of the Buddhas.
Vajrapāni is one of the first Dharmapalas of Mahayana Buddhism and also appears as a deity in the Pali Canon of the Theravada school. He is revered in Shaolin Monastery, Tibetan Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism (where he is known as Mahasthamaprapta and forms a triad with Amitābha and Avalokiteśvara). Manifestations of Vajrapāni can also be found in many Buddhist temples in Japan as Dharma protectors called Nio. Vajrapāni is also associated with Acala, revered as Fudō-Myōō in Japan, where he is revered as a vajra holder.
This tangka represents him in his Acharya form. manifestation of Vajrapani as Dharmapala, sporting a third eye, ghanta (bell) and pāśa (lasso).
Vajrapāni's expression is wrathful, to generate "fear in the individual to relax his dogmatism". His outstretched right hand brandishes a vajra, "symbolizing analytical knowledge (jñanavajra) that disintegrates the grasp of consciousness.
He wears a five-pointed bodhisattva crown to represent the power of the five Dhyani Buddhas (the fully awakened state of the Buddha).
Its neck is adorned with a snake necklace and its size with a tiger skin.
Walking to the right, his raised hand holds a vajra.
In early Buddhist legends, Vajrapāni is a minor deity who accompanied Gautama during his career as a wandering beggar. In some texts, it is said to be a manifestation of Śakra, king of the trāyastriṃśa paradise of Buddhist and Hindu cosmology and god of rain as depicted in the idols of Gandharva. Like akra, it is said that he was present when Tathagata was born. As Vajrapāni, he was the god who helped Gautama escape from the palace at the time of his renunciation. When Sakyamuni returned from Kapilavastu, he is said to have taken eight forms of devas that escorted him.
Vajrapāni is considered a manifestation of Vajradhara and the "spiritual reflex", the Dhyani Bodhisattva of Akshobhya. At the popular level, Vajrapāni is the bodhisattva who represents the power of all Buddhas just as Avalokiteśvara represents their great compassion and Mañjuśrī their wisdom. He is called the Master of the Unfathomable Mysteries who sustains the truth even in the adversities of darkness and ignorance.
According to the Pañcaviṃsatisāhasrikā- and Aṣṭasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitā s, any bodhisattva on the path to Buddhahood is eligible for Vajrapāni's protection, making him invincible to any attack "by men or ghosts".
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