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Vajrapani and Stupa


62 x 39 см.

canvas, mineral colors, gold, brocade
Ordered by A. Polomoshnov
(Krasnoyarsk, Russia)

Vajrapani and Stupa
(tib. phyag na rdorje dang chor then))

Vajrapani (Tibetan: chag na dor je) is seen in all thangkas of Tibetan Buddhism and there are many myths about the powerful ways Vajrapani would protect and promote Buddha's teaching.

It is said that on one occasion Shakyamuni Buddha was seated at the base of a hill to preform a sermon. Buddha's jealous cousin Devadatta rolled a large boulder down the hill in attempt to kill the Buddha. Just as the boulder was about to hit the Buddha, Vajrapani jumped in front of it and split the boulder into two pieces which each fell harmlessly to the sides. After seeing his power, Buddha entrusted Vajrapani with the protection of the tantras.
As protector of the tantric teachings, Vajrapani is sometimes referred to as the "Lord of the Secret".
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