canvas, mineral colors, gold, brocade
(tib.phyag na rdo rje yab yum)
On the popular level, Vajrapani, Holder of the Thunderbolt Scepter (symbolizing the power of compassion), is the Bodhisattva
who represents the power of all the Buddhas, just as Avalokiteshvara represents their great compassion, Manjushri their wisdom,
and Tara their miraculous deeds. For the yogi, Vajrapani is an archetype deity of fierce determination and symbolizes unrelenting
effectiveness in the conquest of negativity. As such, this icon brandishes a vajra in an exorcising gesture in his right hand, and
with his left hand makes the threatening gesture with index and little fingers pointed up.
This thangka was painted according to the oral instructions of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu based on terma teachings of Heka Lingpa.