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Vadjrasattva in Yabyum with Sakti


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Vadjrasattva (tib. Dorje Sempa) is considered to be both a bodhisattva and one of the six Dhyani (Buddhas in meditation) Buddhas.  The tradition that views Vadjrasattva as a bodhisattva regards him as the manifestation of the purity that is ultimate reality.  Vadjrasattva is also considered the primordial Buddha of all mandalas (geometric visualization aides as well as the homes of deities).   He wears the robes of a bodhisattva, holding the vadjra (dorje) in his right hand and the ghanta bell in his left. 

As a Dhyani Buddha, Vadjrasattva retains the same physical characteristics he displays as a bodhisattva, and is still recognized by his white color and the one vadjra he holds at his chest with his right hand.  He is represented both alone and in yabyum with Sakti who holds up a skull cup with her left hand and a katari knife in her right.  Vadjrasattva and Sakti embrace in dhyanasana position, both sitting cross-legged in meditative pose.


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