One of the earliest-appearing bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power. The Golden Light Sutra titles him “great general of the yakshas”. Vajrapni, also called Vajrasattva in Mahayana Buddhism, is extensively represented in Buddhist iconography as one of the earliest three protective deities or bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the Buddha’s virtues: Mañjur manifests all the Buddhas’ wisdom, Avalokitevara manifests all the Buddhas’ immense compassion, and Vajrapni protects Buddha and manifests all the Buddhas’ power as well as the power of all five tathgatas (Buddhahood of the rank of Buddha). In human form Vajrapni is depicted holding the vajra in his right hand. He is sometimes referred to as a Dhyani-Bodhisattva, equivalent to Akshobhya, the second Dhyani Buddha. Acharya-Vajrapani is Vajrapani’s manifestation as Dharmapala, often seen sporting a third eye, ghanta (bell) and pa (lasso). He is sometimes represented as a yidam with one head and four hands in a form known as Nilambara-Vajrapani, carrying a vajra, and treading on personage lying on snakes. Mahacakra-Vajrapani, also a yidam, is depicted with three heads and six arms, carrying a vajra and snakes whilst treading on Brahma and Shiva. He is often in union with his consort in yab-yum. Acala-Vajrapani is depicted with four heads, four arms and four legs carrying a sword, a lasso and vajra, treading on demons. Another depiction is in the form with the head, wings, and claws of Garuda. Vajrapni’s expression is wrathful, and is often symbolized as a yaksha, to generate fear in the individual to loosen up his dogmatism. “His outstretched right hand brandishes a vajra, “symbolizing analytical knowledge (jñanavajra) that disintegrates the grasping of consciousness Although he sometimes wears a skull crown, in most depictions he wears a five-pointed bodhisattva crown to depict the power of the five Dhyani Buddhas (the fully awakened state of the Buddha). The item “A Gilt-Bronze Buddha Statue Of Vajrapani Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism Bodhisattvas” is in sale since Thursday, March 09, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Buddhism\Statues & Figures”. The seller is “goldenwheat007″ and is located in , . This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country//Region of Manufacture: Nepal
- Religion: Tibetan Buddhism
- Material: Gilt-Bronze