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Buddhist Deity: Vajrasattva Religious Context

Vajrasattva Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Outline Page
- Purification Deities Outline
- Purification Deities Page
- Meditational Deity Page
- Deities According to Function
- Colours & Activities
- Complex Specific Subjects
- Metaphor
- Source Texts
- Confusions: Vajrapani, Vajradhara, White Chakrasamvara
- Others...

- Vajrasattva Introduction
- Vajrapani & Vajrasattva Confusions

Confusions: Vairochana Buddha, Vajradhara, Vajrapani (Peaceful) Bodhisattva, Vajravidarana, Akshobhya. (See Subject: Confused Iconography (Akshobhya, Vajrasattva, Vajrapani).

Study Topics for Religious Context:
- Form
- Function
- Complexity

The 'Solitary Universal Ruler,' in the single aspect without consort, arises from the Yoga Tantras. Vajrasattva is the inner form of the primordial buddha Vajradhara and represents all the Buddha Families.

In the New (Sarma) Schools of Tibetan Buddhism Vajrasattva with consort arises from the class of Anuttarayoga Tantra, specifically from the Abhidhanottara Tantra, 25th chapter, and is known as Heruka Vajrasattva.

In the Nyingma Tradition Vajrasattva is not only a deity of purification but an important meditational deity with many Kama (Oral) and Terma (Treasure) traditions. The most famous meditational form is the Vajrasattva of the Mindroling Monastery Tradition commonly known as the Min-ling Dor-sem.

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Jeff Watt 4-2005 [updated 7-2011, 4-2017, 12-2019]

Lotsawa House: Vajrasattva Series

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).