Vajrasattva Shakti ǀ Essence of Vajrayana Buddhism

Nepalese Buddhists practice an early form of Vajrayana Buddhism, also called Tantric Buddhism. Vajrasattva’s name, literally translated, means “the essence of the Thunderbolt”.

Vajrasattva is skillfully painted here in Yab-Yum or “absolute union” with his consort. With his right hand, he holds a vajra in front of his heart, representing the willful way of action, while his left hands holds a bell, symbolizing transcendent wisdom. The main function of Vajrasattva is to purify the veils that cover our consciousness.

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