Tibetan Name: Dorje Sempa
Materials: Lost Wax Method,
Copper, Made in Nepal
Height: 9 inches Width: 6 1/2 inches Depth: 5 inches
Weight: 5 pounds
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This exquisite, finely
detailed statue was made by a master
Newari artisan living in Patan, Kathmandu.
It is exceptionally beautiful!
Vajrasattva is highly
decorated with jewels and ornaments and is seated in meditation asana. He
carries a vajra (thunderbolt) in his right hand which destroys all kinds of
ignorance and is indestructible and a ghanta (bell) in the left which symbolizes
the female principle. In tantric rituals, their interaction leads to
Vajrasattva is locked in close embrace
(yab-yum) with his Shakti. His
Shakti holds a kartri (curved knife) in her right hand which symbolizes the
severance of all material possessions and a kapala (skull cup) in her left.
Yab-Yum (Tibetan) is a tantric symbol of mystic union of male and female
polarities. Masculine energy is compassion, and feminine energy is wisdom.
The two acting in consort is the enlightened mind.
The masculine form is passive, representing the compassion and skillful means
(upaya) that have to be developed in order to reach enlightenment. The
feminine form is active and represents wisdom (prajna), which is also necessary
to achieve enlightenment. United, the figures symbolize the union
necessary to overcome the veils of Maya, the false duality of object and
subject. The sacred Tantric practice leads to rapid development of mind by
using the experience of bliss, non-duality, and ecstasy while in union with
Vajrasattva, the sixth Dhyani Buddha, is regarded by the Nepali Buddhist as the
priest of the Five Dhyani Buddhas. He is not represented in the stupa like
other Dhyani Buddhas, but independent shrines are dedicated to his worship.
His worship is always performed in secret and is not open to those who are not
initiated into the mysteries of the Vajrayana.
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