A 12th century Tibetan gilt-bronze vajrapani bodhisattvas vajra deity buddha

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 […]