Shakyamuni Buddha symbolizes the enlightened quality of mind, which all living beings can realize. It also symbolizes all the qualities that can only be imagined in a perfectly pure form. By training the mind, shortcomings of human existence can be overcome, and what remains is the enlightened quality of the mind. Anyone can achieve this – Shakyamuni Buddha has demonstrated this and passed it on. His image is therefore very popular and is often used to remember and develop these illuminated properties. Dorje of Vajra is the Sanskrit word for both lightning bolts and diamonds and is considered a ritual or spiritual attribute, mainly in Buddhism but also in Hinduism. In Tibetan, the word village of the same name is often used as a man’s name in Tibet and Bhutan. It also often refers to a small sceptre held in the right hand by Tibetan tantric practitioners during ceremonies, and with which a number of statues of the Buddha are equipped. The Dorje, also known as Vajra, destroys all kinds of ignorance and is itself indestructible. In Tantric rituals he symbolizes the male principle for methodology and compassion, while the corresponding bell in the left hand indicates the female principle and wisdom.
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