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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 meditational deity, and considered 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.

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Jeff Watt 2-1999 [updated 4-2011, 6-2013, 12-2019]

84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha: Nilamabara Vajrapani (Bhagavannīlāmbara­dhara­vajra­pāṇi­tantra, bcom ldan ’das phyag na rdo rje gos sngon po can gyi rgyud ces bya ba)

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