Dorje of Vajra is the Sanskrit word for both lightning and diamonds and is considered to be 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 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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