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Vajrayana Buddhism

Vajrayana Buddhism

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Vajrayana Buddhism is popularly known as Tantric Buddhism as it involves TantrayanaSecret MantrasEsoteric BuddhismMantrayana and the Thunderbolt or Diamond way of Buddhism. This kind of Buddhism is predominant in the Himalayan nations of NepalBhutanTibet as well as MongoliaVajrayana is a complex philosophy of Buddhism which has evolved radically over several centuries from its inception. The ritual use of the Vajra, which is a symbol of indestructible diamond of thunder and lightning, have been major contributing factors for the name Vajrayana.

As per the Vajrayana scriptures, Vajrayana is one of the three routes to attain enlightenment, the other two being the Sravakayana and MahayanaVajrayana is believed to have been founded by the Indian Mahasiddhas and this path subscribes to the Buddhist tantric literature. The first tantric Buddhist texts emerged in the 3rd Century in India and they continued to appear until the 12th century. Vajrayana is considered to be preceded by Mantrayana and then followed by Sahajayana and Kalachakrayana. Though considered to have been emerged from India, Vajrayana literature does not appear in the Pali canon and the Agamas while the period of Indian Vajrayana has been considered as the fifth or final period of Buddhism in IndiaBuddhism faded out in India by the 13th century and the tantric schools of Buddhism and Hinduism were slowly pressurized from the Islamic armies which invaded India in that period of time. This led to the manifestation of Vajrayana in Tibet as the exiled Buddhist leaders went there and spread the message of Vajrayana to the Tibetan disciples. In Tibet, the Buddhist traditions were followed after Gautam Buddha is claimed to have taught the tantras but as they were secret teachings, they were confined to the guru-disciple relationship. The Vajrayana tradition in Tibet claims that its teachings were first elucidated by the Buddha himself, sixteen years after he attained enlightenment.

Vajrayana tradition in Tibet was preserved very well after its emergence until the second half of the 20th century in which the Tibetan monks and practitioners were forced to flee the antireligious rule of the Communist china. These exiles established Tibetan Buddhist communities in northern India, specifically around Dharmashala.

Vajrayana agrees to the two truths doctrines, namely conventional and ultimate truths. These truth doctrines are major concepts in the Vajrayana path and are also the philosophical basis for its methods. Convetional truth of Vajrayana is the truth of common sense notion, of what does and does not exist while the ultimate truth is the reality as per the views of an awakened mind. Motivation is an important path or component of Vajrayana Buddhism, like that of Mahayana. The tantric philosophy can be seen in many Buddha statues and Buddhist artifacts originating from Tibet and Nepal. The Bodhisattva path is an integral path in Vajrayana in which all the practices are to be practiced with the motivation to achieve enlightenment, to be the awakened one for the benefit of all the sentient beings in the universe.

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Buddha statues from Asian countries in our gallery

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

600 euro
Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

175 euro
Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

47,500 euro
Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

800 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

500 euro
Special antique marble Jain statue

Special antique marble Jain statue

2,750 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

7,500 euro
Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

1,850 euro
Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

900 euro
Old Burmese Buddha statue

Old Burmese Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

600 euro
Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

250 euro
Special high quality bronze Nepali Dipankar Buddha

Special high quality bronze Nepali Dipankar Buddha

5,500 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

600 euro
Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

3,250 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

650 euro
Antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

Antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

2,950 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

3,500 euro
Old wooden Buddha carving with monks

Old wooden Buddha carving with monks

950 euro
Antique Buddha statue without face

Antique Buddha statue without face

150 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

900 euro
Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

900 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

400 euro
Antique marble Jain statue

Antique marble Jain statue

700 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

1,250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
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