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Tibetan: Sangdag Chagna Dorje (g.sang bdag phyag na rdo rje)

Vajrapani, Bodhisattva (Tibetan: chag na dor je. English: the Vajra Holder): one of the eight heart-sons of the Buddha Shakyamuni according to the Mahayana Buddhism.

Sanskrit: Vajrapani Tibetan: chag na dor je

In the Sutra tradition of Mahayana Buddhism the bodhisattva Vajrapani is regarded as one of the 8 heart-sons of Shakyamuni Buddha and portrayed in a peaceful appearance. In the tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrapani is typically shown in a wrathful form and further known as Guhyapati - 'the Lord of Secrets.' Historically he is the main recipient, holder and protector of all the Tantra texts and teachings received from the Buddha Shakyamuni (in the appearance of Vajradhara). From the model of the Lower Tantras Vajrapani symbolizes the body of all buddhas of the ten directions and three times and represents enlightened activity. The bodhisattva Manjushri represents mind and Avalokiteshvara that of speech. In Tantric practice Vajrapani is a tutelary deity, a Buddha, with numerous forms found in all of the four levels of Tantra classification and popular in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism - new and old.

The two wrathful forms of Vajrapani known as the Sutra Tradition (do lug) and the Nilambhara (dro zang lug), each with one face and two hands, do not have skull crowns or wrathful ornaments such as the fifty freshly severed heads. They do however wear the eight races of nagas depicted as snakes - bracelets, anklets, etc. Mahachakra Vajrapani is sometimes depicted with a skull crown and at other times shown with a jeweled crown. Almost all of the other wrathful forms of Vajrapani have the same fearsome regalia as typical of wrathful Tantric deities such as Vajrabhairava, Vajrakila, Mahakala and the like.

Forms & Types - Peaceful:
- Peaceful (Eight Heart-sons)
- Peaceful Forms (All Forms)
- Peaceful, Holding a Vajra & Bell
- Vajrapani, Peaceful (Standing Sculpture)
- Three Lords of the Families
- Retinue Figure in Mandalas
- Others...

Forms & Types - Wrathful:
- Sutra Tradition (wrathful, one face & two hands)
- Nilambhara Tradition (wrathful, one face & two hands)
- Drozang Tradition
- Sakya Tradition (same as Nilambhara)
- Fierce Vajrapani
- Red Vajrapani
- Kangtseg Vajrapani
- Kutagara Vajrapani (Shanglon Dorje Dudul Cycle)
- Bhutadamara (All)
- Bhutadamara (Charya Tantra)
- Three Combined Deities
- Mahachakra (All Forms)
- Mahachakra (solitary, three faces & six hands)
- Mahachakra (with consort, three faces & six hands)
- Rechungpa Tradition (wrathful, one face & two hands)
- Sarvadurgati Parishodhana Tantra (peaceful, one face & two hands)
--- (with Four Kings of the Directions)
--- (with Eight Dikpalas)
--- (with Eight Nagas)
- Utsarya
10. Others... (many others)

Jeff Watt 2-1999 [updated 4-2011, 6-2013]

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