Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Vajrapani (Iconic Figures)

Vajrapani Iconography

- Peaceful Forms

- Wrathful Forms

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Outline Page
- Explanation of Iconographic Form
- Iconographic Forms According to the Four Tantra Classification
- Similar & Related Forms
- Confused Visual Forms
- Others...

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Iconic figures of Vajrapani are based on the Tantra texts of Vajrayana Buddhist literature. Iconic figures have the function of meditational deities as practiced in daily sadhana texts. The root tantras provide the general description and the longer sadhana liturgies along with commentaries provide detailed descriptions of the appearance of each figure. Iconic figures can be peaceful in appearance, semi peaceful/wrathful or wrathful. Meditational forms of Vajrapani are found in all four classifications of Tantrs: Kriya, Charya, Yoga and Yoganiruttara. Only a small number of forms are peaceful with the vast majority wrathful in appearance.

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Jeff Watt 6-2020

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