Tibetan Bell Ghanta

Tibetan Ghanta With Cover & Dorje

Tibetan Ghanta With Cover & Dorje

The ghanta is a bell that represents the sound, repeating mantras. The eight syllables seed in the bell representing the female consorts. The vajra symbolizes the method or means skillful, the male principle and the gantha represents wisdom the female principle. The sound of gantha also represents the body and speaks bright while the vajra represents the enlightened mind.

The ancient scriptures say that both the wisdom without skillful means when the means are skillful wisdom without is a captive. So do not leave any one of the two. The Vajra Ghanta.

In Vajrayana Buddhism the vajra is insured with the right hand and the bell with the left hand. Other meanings deeper on the symbolism of the vajra and gantha should only be taught by qualified teachers of Vajrayana tradition.

Treaties as a form of duality the vajra represents the active principle the method for lighting and conversion the actual manifestation of the Buddha while the bell is the Perfection of Wisdom prajna paramita known as the emptiness, Shunyata. In the state of union, however, the vajra includes both coefficients of lighting, the method and wisdom.


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The Sanskrit term sadhana is derived from the word “sadh” meaning reaching the goal also can be translated as a means of conducting. The sadhanas are liturgical texts for the practice of meditation, from the view of the god’s meditation until the final dissolution in non-conceptual meditation. To pursue a sadhana, it is essential to find a qualified teacher, who could provide the moral teachings and initiations.

The sadhanas are generally divided into three stages. In the preliminary stage take up the refuge Vajrayana and expanding at bodhichitta, the mind that aspires to achieve enlightenment to bring benefits to all.

The main phase begins with the placement of generation in which gods meditations are displayed, mantras are recited and mandalas are offered – and ends with the stage of perfection where the view is undone and if meditates on emptiness.

Vajra – Dorje

Vajra Dorje

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The Vajra is an unparalleled weapon representing the upaya the effective way that destroys ignorance. The symbol of two crossed vajras called vishvavajra and in Tibetan dorje gyatram or “double vajra”. The Sanskrit name is linked to a cosmological myth that claims it was the first object of the universe to take shape from wind. Vajra is the symbol of effective action for excellence and the attribute of the Buddha transcendent Amogasiddhi head of the family of karma. The sign of vishva vajra is printed on the base of statues to mark their completion.

In Buddhist rituals the Vajra, dorje is often used with the bell ghanta. It then respectively symbolizes the masculine and feminine effective action or compassion and wisdom.

The prefix or Vajra dorje can be added to many words, demonstrating their association with the Tantric ritual or transcendent aspect.

Many deities bear a name prefixed by Vajra and are represented with a Vajra in their hand.

  • Vajrasattva keeps in his right hand up to the heart, in his left hand he holds the bell returned to its knees.
  • Vajrapani carries a Vajra in his right hand.
  • The dharmakaya Vajradhara holds a Vajra in each of his hands he holds cross on the chest.
  • Akshobhya Buddha keeps a Vajra in his left hand while the right it takes the earth to witness.
  • In Padmasambhava is known as Vajra Guru according his mantra.

Kalachakra Mandala Painting

Kalachakra painting

Kalachakra Mandala Painting

Kalachakra or Wheel of Time in Sanskrit is the name of one of the main deities of the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. According to tradition the teachings of Kalachakra were transmitted by Shakyamuni Buddha in the sixth century BC, at the request of Suchandra, the king of the pure land of Shambhala. These teachings are compiled in a text called Kalachakra Tantra which has been transmitted from generation to generation.

The lessons recorded in the Kalachakra Tantra are interpreted into three levels – external, internal and alternative. The external Kalachakra refers to the physical world the elements of the universe and the laws of time and space dealing with astronomy, astrology and mathematics. The Kalachakra is the internal elements of the body the psychophysical households the physical and psychological, dealing with the physiology Tantric and the energy system of the human body. The Kalachakra alternative deals with the base the path and outcome of yoga, meditations, leading to the enlightened state of divinity and his Kalachakra mandala. Thus the practice of Kalachakra alternative Kalachakras purifies the external and internal.

All elements of the mandala – the symbolic diagram of a divine palace, the very wheel of time – represent some aspect of divinity Kalachakra and his pure land. There are 722 deities in the mandala, symbolizing the various aspects of consciousness and the reality is that the wisdom of Kalachakra. Interpreting and understanding all these symbols are equivalent to reading and understanding the whole range of lessons the Kalachakra Tantra teaches.

The divinity lies at the heart of the Kalachakra mandala. His divine palace is made by our own personal mandalas: body, speech, mind, wisdom and great bliss. The palace is divided into four quadrants, each with walls, gates and centers. The colors are representations of specific elements: black or blue in the west represents the air, red in the south represents the fire yellow or orange in the west represents the earth and white in the north represents the water.

The palace square of 722 gods are on the circle of the earth the other circles representing water, fire, air, space and consciousness extend beyond the walls of the palace. The external circles represent the cosmos and ten gods reside in one of these circles all serving as protectors.

The Kalachakra mandala is dedicated to peace and balance inside and outside. When you see a Kalachakra Mandala Thangka Painting you can feel peace on many levels.

Mandala Art

Mandala Painting

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In Sanskrit the word for word mandala means circle. In Vajrayana Buddhism a mandala refers to a type of diagram (yantra) symbolic of a sacred mansion, the palace of a deity meditational, the sheer size of the enlightened mind. Generally, the mandalas are painted as thangkas, tri-dimensional represented in wood or metal or built with colored sand on a platform. In the latter case, the mandala is undone after some ceremonies and sand is thrown into a river next to the blessings that spreads. The dissolution of a mandala also serves as an example of impermanence.

During the practices of Sadhana it is common offering of mandalas to Buddha. Here the mandala represents a pure world with the mountain in central position and all continents around it full of offerings precious metals and jewels. The mandala is symbolized by mounds of barley or a specific mudra. At the end of Sadhana the merit of this act of generosity is dedicated to enlightenment of all beings.

The Mandalas are often formed by a series of concentric circles, surrounded by a square which in turn is surrounded by another circle. The square has a gate in the center of each side, the main points toward the east, with other three entries in each cardinal point. They represent entrances to the main palace of the deity and are based on the design of Indian classical temple of four sides. These mandalas are plants developed the palace, seen from above. The portals, however, often are “discarded” and the external walls. These portals are decorated with Tantric symbols. The architecture of the mandala represents both the nature of reality as the order of an enlightened mind.

The central deity represents the state of enlightenment and the various parts of the palace indicate the key aspects of personality light. The gods represent their own negative emotions – such as anger, hatred, desire and ignorance – transmuted into the consciousness of an Enlightened Buddha.