Vajra / Dorji and its significant
Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond.Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object . In its symbolism we find the Vajra .
- The wisdom of equality, which recognizes that all phenomena of samsara and nirvana are equal in nature , or of a single essence : emptiness ;
- the wisdom of distinction , which indicates that the awakened mind perceives not only the emptiness of all phenomena but also, in simultaneity without confusion, all phenomena as they occur ;
- fulfilling wisdom, which allows Buddhas to create pure fields and emanations working for the benefit of beings ;
- the wisdom of the universal space ( dharmadatou ), indicating that all phenomena, beyond all duality, remain in the pure knowledge of the mind.
At the same time as the five wisdoms , the five upper branches symbolize the 5 Victorious Ones or five principal male Buddhas on a mystical level : Vairocana , Akshobya , Ratnasambhava , Amitabha , Amoghasiddhi .
* 5 The lower branches (2) symbolize the five female Buddhas. Taken as a whole , the 10 branches also symbolize the ten perfections (generosity, ethics, diligence , concentration, knowledge , skillful means , wishes , force, primordial consciousness) or the 10 lands of bodhisattvas.
* The mouths of makara ( sea monster ) (3) , from which emerge branches, denote liberation from the cycle of existences.
* The top 8 petals (4 ) represent the eight male bodhisattvas, residing in the celestial realms.
* The 8 lower petals ( 5) are the 8 female bodhisattvas. Taken together , the 16 petals also symbolize the 16 emptinesses .
* Above the petals, two moon discs (6) ( one on each side ) symbolize the two openings of the heart, relative and absolute . * Between the base of the 8 petals and the center circle are interspersed 3 circles (7) representing the three characteristics of awakened bliss : emptiness, featureless and effortless.
* The round part in the middle ( 8) refers to emptiness