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Vajrasattva, Dorje Sempa (in Tibetan), commonly known as the “Great Purifier”, is the sovereign of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In Mahayana, he is looked upon as the spiritual son of Akshobhya and at the same time Tsoyo or chief of the five Dhyani Buddhas. He is the taken as an ideal teacher to lead students towards the Buddha nature, removing negative karmas and obstacles.

In Nepalese writings, he manifests himself on top of Mountain Sumeru with a lotus-flower of precious jewels appeared on the summit of the mountain which is the centre of the universe, and above it arose a moon-crescent upon which, 'supremely exalted', was seated Vajrasattva. Although more than one origination of Vajrasattva can be found, his significance in every Buddhist teaching remains the same.

Painting Description:

Material: Hand Painting in cotton Canvas

Size: 70cm x 50cm

This painting is a typical newari styled artwork having the Tibetan portray of Vajrasattva. He is seen holding a vajra (known to many as thunderbolt) and a hand bell. The vajra is a spiritual tool with the ability to cut any substance, that is, it symbolizes a diamond. It is held in his right hand and placed close to his heart. While the left-hand rests near his waist holding an upturned bell. These assets represent the purity, compassion, and wisdom needed for the attainment of enlightenment.

He is seated in a lotus (crossed/vajra) position garmented with fine celestial green and red silk, while rich ornaments depict him as a young and wealthy prince. Half of his long wavy black hair is gathered on top of his head, the rest curls down his back and around his shoulders.