Vajrasattva (Sanskrit: वज्रसत्त्व, Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ། Dorje Sempa, short form is རྡོར་སེམས། Dorsem, Монгол: Доржсэмбэ) is a bodhisattva in the Mahayana, Mantrayana/Vajrayana Buddhist traditions.
Vajrasattva is an important figure in the tantric Buddhism of the Newar Vajrācāryas of the Kathmandu Valley. He represents the ideal guru, and he is frequently invoked in the guru maṇḍala, the foundational ritual for all other Newar Buddhist rituals and the daily pūjā for Newar priests. ॐ वज्रसत्त्व हूं॥ oṁ vajrasattva hūṁ
Vajrasattva, like all Buddhist deities, defies the notion of ego. Therefore, there is no “who” and there is no “what.” It can be said that Vajrasattva is none other than ourselves, visualized as a pure Buddha. It can be said that Vajrasattva is an emanation of Akshobya — or of Vajradhara, or of Samantabhadra. It can be said that Vajrasattva, in ultimate reality is no different from any other Buddha. But, it can be said, in relative reality, that Vajrasattva is a caring and loving deity. All of these are true at the same time and none of them really define Vajrasattva.
In Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrasattva’s role as the “great purifyer” is top-of-mind — a necessary first step in Buddhist practice, working on the negative karmas and obstacles that obscure our Buddha Nature. It is one of the core “foundation” practices of Vajrayana. Yet, Vajrasattva practice is much more than this.
In addition to personal practice, the Vajrasattva mantra is regarded as having the ability to purify karma, bring peace, and cause enlightened activity in general.
Size: approx: 40 x 60 cm
Painting style: Contemporary Newari Original