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(tib. phyag na rdorje)


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. His taut posture is the active warrior pose (pratayalidha), based on an archer's stance but resembling the en garde position in Western fencing. "Wisdom and compassion" the sacred art of Tibet.

Above Vajrarani at his left is depicted Tonpa Garab Dorje. It is said he is emanation of the Buddha Shakymuni and the first teacher of Dzogcheh (rdzog-chen) of our time. He is shown in the five-colored Tigle (circle) with the mudra of giving teaching. At another side is flying Palje Dorje - very famous Nyingmapa Lama of IX-th century connected with the practice (Sadhana) of Vajrapani. Below of the principal figure there are two main guardians of the teachings. On the Vajrapani's left is Dam-chen Dorje Legpa. Wrathful protector of the Tibetan ancient pre-Buddhist religious he was conquered by Guru Padmasambhava .After this Dorje Legpa took vows and became the most powerful protector of the Nyingmapa. On the right is Rahula one more wrathful and powerful guardian of the school.

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