Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrasattva (Buddhist Deity) - White (with consort)

རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ། 金刚萨埵
(item no. 85082)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1300 - 1399
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: Art of the Himalayas
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Vajrasattva with the consort Vajragarvi (Tibetan: dor je sem pa yab yum. English: Vajra Hero, Father-Mother), the buddha of purification and a meditational deity, essence of all the Peaceful Buddha Families. (See HAR 19730).

Sanskrit: Vajrasattva Tibetan: Dor je sem pa

Tatagata Vajrasattva, white in colour, with one face and two hands holds in the right an upright gold vajra to the heart and with the left, held at the hip, an upturned bell with a vajra handle. Adorned with a crown of gold and jewels, earrings and various ornaments, he wears rainbow coloured silks as a lower garment and sits with the back swaying slightly to his right. In the lap is the consort Vajragarvi (Tib.: dor je nye ma), also known as Vajradhatu-ishvari (Tib.: dor je ying wang chug ma. With one face gazing towards the Lord and two hands, a colour white in appearance, she embraces the Lord with the right hand draped over the shoulder. In the left hand she holds a vajra handled bell. Both are seated on a moon disc above a multi-coloured lotus blossom atop a lion and elephant supported throne. The throne back (torana) is formed from pillars adorned with an elephant supporting a sharabha and then a makara with a decorative unfurling tail above that.

"To the divine illusion of the clear light of pristine awareness blazing with the glorious complete marks and examples of the spontaneous three bodies of perfect buddhahood; to Vajrasattva I bow." (Nyingma liturgical text).

Numbered & Greyscale List:
1. Vajrasattva
2. Vajragarvi
3. Amitabha Buddha
4. Nagaraja Buddha

Eight Medicine Buddha Brothers:
5. Medicine Buddha Brother
6. Medicine Buddha Brother
7. Medicine Buddha Brother
8. Medicine Buddha Brother
9. Prajnaparamita
10. Medicine Buddha Brother
11. Medicine Buddha Brother
12. Medicine Buddha
13. Shakyamuni Buddha

Meditational Deities:
14. Namasangiti Manjushri
15. Green Tara
16. Chaturbhuja Avalokiteshvara
17. Krodha Vajrapani

Eight Great Bodhisattvas:
18. Manjushri Bodhisattva
19. Bodhisattva
20. Akashagarbha Bodhisattva
21. Bodhisattva
22. Bodhisattva
23. Vajrapani Bodhisattva
24. Bodhisattva
25. Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva

Wealth Deities:
26. Vaishravana Riding a Lion
27. Yellow Jambhala
28. Black Jambhala

Seven Precious Jewels of Royalty (as offerings):
29. Queen
30. Minister
31. Horse & Jewel
32. Elephant & Wheel
33. General

Donor Figure
34. Monastic Donor Figure & Shrine

Jeff Watt 12-2010

Secondary Images
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Buddhist Deity: Vajrasattva with Consort
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