|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Publication: Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist Painted Scrolls|
Vajrasattva with consort (Tibetan: dor je sem pa yab yum. English: Vajra Hero Father-Mother), the buddha of purification, essence of all the peaceful Buddha Families, embracing the consort Vajragarvi (Tib.: dor je nye ma, Eng.: Vajra Pride, also known in Tibetan as dor je ying wang chug ma, Sanskrit: Vajradhatu-ishvari).
"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).
In the Sarma Schools this form of Vajrasattva with consort arises from the class of Anuttarayoga Tantra, specifically from the Abhidhanottara Tantra, 25th chapter, and is known as Heruka Vajrasattva. As the inner form of the buddha Vajradhara he represents all the peaceful buddha families. In the Nyingma Tradition Vajrasattva is an important tutelary deity with many Kama (Oral) and Terma (treasure) traditions.
Jeff Watt 5-2004