Vajrasattva is a deity connected with meditation in the Vajrayana school of Buddhism, and is associated with purification of the mind and spirit.
The Vajra sceptre is the symbol of Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism, one of the three main schools of Buddhism. Vajrayana can be translated as “Thunderbolt Way” or “Diamond Way” in relation to the thunderbolt experience of Buddhist enlightenment. It is also connected with the concept of indestructibility as diamonds are harder than all other gemstones.In Tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism, the Vajra sceptre and the Tribu bell are used in many rites by either a lama or any Vajrayana practitioner of spiritual exercises. Interestingly, the Vajra is a male polysemic symbol representative of many things for Tantric Buddhism. It is almost always paired with the Tribu bell, which is a female symbol, denoting praina (wisdom). Some deities are portrait holding both items, the Vajra sceptre and Tribu bell, in separate hands, symbolising the union of the forces of compassion and wisdom, respectively.
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