This beautiful hand painted Tibetan thangka depicts Vajrasattva, the main deity employed for purification by practitioners of all levels of tantra. Vajrasattva also goes by Dorje Sempa རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ་, meaning “diamond being”. Vajrasattva meditation is the primary cleansing practice recommended by Vajrayana Buddhism. It is also used to purify any broken vows made by a disciple to their tantric master. Going beyond personal practice, the Vajrasattva mantra is believed to purify karma, bring peace, and instigate enlightened activity on a wider scale.
Vajrasattva is white in color, symbolising his impeccable purity. He holds a vajra in his right hand, a weapon used as a ritual object, that symbolises the properties of a diamond (indestructibility), and a thunderbolt (irresistible force). In his left hand he holds a Ghanta, a bell of wisdom. The sound of the bell is thought to call to mind the empty nature of all things, helping us to become free of attachment and aversion, liberated from the painful cycle of birth and death. He is depicted in full lotus, or vajra, position. He wears the exquisite silk robes and jewelled ornaments of ancient Indian royalty.
Vajrasattva is depicted with his consort Vajragarvi (aka Vajradhatu-ishvari, Tibetan: Dorje Nyema). She is sitting in his lap and her face is facing upward. Their legs entwined together while she is naked and holds a kapala (skullcup) in her left hand.
The thangka is painted entirely by hand on cotton canvas using natural mineral and vegetable pigments with 24K gold details. The complicated designs, intricate brushstrokes, and extraordinary detail make these thangkas authentic works of Buddhist art. A true masterpiece, this traditional Buddhist painting is the perfect addition to your home, meditation space, room shrine or altar space.
Handcrafted by master local artists in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.