Vajradhara holds the vajra in his right hand and the bell in his left. His
hands are crossed at the wrists, a gesture symbolizing highest energy and
the union of compassion and wisdom necessary to reach enlightenment.
This image perfectly exemplifies the mystical nature of Vajradhara. The
tall, graceful body with its fittingly introspective demeanor seems
transmuted beyond the mundane. The tall, slender proportions of the torso
give the work an ethereal appearance. His lithe and powerful form has a
Lipton, Barbara, and Nima Dorjee Ragnubs. Treasures of Tibetan Art:
Collections of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art: New York, Oxford
University Press, 1996.
Rhie, Marylin M., and Robert A.F. Thurman. Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred
Art of Tibet: London, Thames and Hudson, 1996.
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