Tibetan Name: Dorje Narjolma
Materials: Lost Wax Method,
Hand Painted Copper, Made in Nepal
Height: 26 inches Width: 19 inches Depth: 11 inches
Weight: 41 pounds
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are typically depicted in dancing form, this seated version is a rare find.
This piece is unquestionably a contemporary masterpiece!"
Brenda, Dharma Sculpture
artist vividly portrays Yogini in a seated asana. The deity
Vajrayogini, or Vijeshvari, is sixteen years
old, radiantly beautiful with a youthful freshness and vitality, and her face
bears an intense expression reflecting her passionate nature.
to the texts, Vajrayogini is a sixteen year old maiden because sixteen is an
auspicious number which signifies perfection (four times four). Her face
is beautiful and her body voluptuous and alluring. She is red in color
because of her magical function of enchantment and magnetism.
The Yogini's nudity
demonstrates her freedom from ordinary conceptions and appearances, which bind
us ordinary mortals. She wears a five-skull crown. These five skulls
symbolize the first five perfections attainable on the Vajrayana path which are:
generosity, discipline, patience, effort and meditative Concentration.
body is ablaze with the heat of yogic fire surrounded by the flames of wisdom.
She has three eyes, symbolizing her ability to see past, present and future
simultaneously. In her left hand, she holds a
skull cup filled with
swirling brains and entails of the enemies of the Dharma and in her right hand
is the kartri, a curved flaying knife, the instrument used to annihilate these
enemies. She wears a garland of 50 human skulls. She is adorned with
six kinds of ornaments , as is usually the case with tantric divinities
symbolizing their perfection in the six paramitas. A Khatvanga staff is
seen passing through her shoulder representing her consort Heruka Chakrasamvara.
Her long disheveled hair flows downward against the flame filled background
symbolizing her unchanging nature as dharmakaya. Her breasts are
full with nipples erect, symbolizing the arousal of desire and indicating
Vajrayogini helps those with strong passion to
transform it into the realization of great bliss.
She has a
single face because she embodies non-dual wisdom beyond conventional
distinctions of good and evil. She is naked because she is unconditioned
by discursive thoughts.
Vajrayogini, Vajravarahi or
ranks first and most important among the dakini. She is a Vajrayana
Buddhist meditation deity and as such she is considered the female Buddha. Vajrayogini is a key figure in the advanced Tibetan Buddhist practice of Chöd
where she appears in her Kalika or Vajravarahi forms. Her consort is
Chakrasamvara, who is often depicted as a spear on Vajrayogini’s shoulder.
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