The Vajra and Bell

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The Vajra and Bell

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 80 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781899579419
  • DDC分類 294

Full Description


The vajra and bell are sacred objects used in Buddhist Tantric ritual. Their appearance may be familiar to us from Tibetan Buddhism but how much do we know of the depth of their significance? In this book, Vessantara aims to enrich our understanding of these powerful symbols. The vajra embodies the attributes of a thunderbolt, a diamond, a philosopher's stone, and a royal sceptre. The vajra-bell goes far beyond the usual symbolism of bells, leading us into a world that is timeless and immeasurable. It represents a mandala - sacred circle of a Tantric deity - and emptiness - the open-ended ungraspable nature of everything. Going even further into their symbolism, we find the deeper meaning of the vajra and the bell. We discover that they embody all masculine and feminine spiritual qualities, transcendental compassion and wisdom, bliss and emptiness. Be reflecting deeply on this perfect pair, we too can become sources of wisdom and compassion for the world.

Table of Contents

        Illustration credits                       xi
Introduction 1 (3)
The Development of the Vajrayana 4 (3)
Taking up the Vajra and Bell 7 (2)
The Vajra as Diamond 9 (3)
The Vajra as Philosopher's Stone 12(2)
The Vajra as Thunderbolt 14(2)
The Vajra as Sceptre 16(2)
The Vajra in Detail 18(5)
The Bell -- Sounding Wisdom 23(2)
Bells and Their Uses 25(3)
The Vajra-Bell as Emptiness 28(2)
The Vajra-Bell as Mandala 30(5)
Vajra and Bell Together 35(2)
Vajra and Bell in Highest Tantra 37(5)
The Vajrahumkara Mudra 42(1)
Ritual Uses of the Vajra and Bell 43(2)
The Double Vajra 45(4)
Ritual Implements and Mandalas 49(2)
Holders of the Vajra 51(2)
The Buddha Vajradhara 53(3)
Conclusion 56(1)
Notes and References 57(2)
Index 59