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Vajradhara: Types and Forms
- Solitary
- Standing
- with consort (All)
- with consort (red)
- with consort (blue)
- Five Families Set
- & Field of Accumulation
- & Eighty Four Mahasiddhas
- & Lineage Painting Sets
- & Lineage Sculpture Sets
- with Vajra & Bell Shoulder Attributes
- with Three Eyes
- Others...

Vajradhara, Buddha (Tibetan: dor je chang, sang gye. English: the Vajra Holder, Enlightened One). The primordial buddha, personification of the dharmakaya - truth body of enlightenment and progenitor of the Vajrayana system of Buddhism.

Sanskrit: Vajradhara Tibetan: Dor je chang

The New (Sarma) Schools, from the 11th century onward, believe that Vajradhara is the secret, or inner, form of Shakyamuni Buddha and the combined essence of all the buddhas of the ten directions and three periods of time gathered as one. In Anuttarayoga Tantra it is Vajradhara who emanates forth the forms of the Five Symbolic Buddhas and Vajrasattva followed by the meditational deities such as Guhyasamaja, Shri Hevajra and Chakrasamvara.

According to the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism Vajradhara is an activity emanation of buddha Samantabhadra.

Jeff Watt 2-2002 [updated 6-2013, 5-2017]