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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

Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

1,250 euro
Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

300 euro
High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

1,300 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

950 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

275 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

700 euro
Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

850 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

1,550 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,750 euro
Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

5,500 euro
Special large bronze Buddha statue

Special large bronze Buddha statue

15,500 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,850 euro
Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

3,250 euro
Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

300 euro
New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

900 euro
Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

1,950 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

275 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

1,550 euro
Antique wooden Laos Buddha statue

Antique wooden Laos Buddha statue

450 euro
Large old lacquerware Buddha statues

Large old lacquerware Buddha statues

2,750 euro
Special antique bronze Lao Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Lao Buddha statue

6,500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Aparmita Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Aparmita Buddha statue

4,750 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Antique wooden Laos Buddha statue

Antique wooden Laos Buddha statue

550 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Ava Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Ava Buddha statue

2,250 euro
Special antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

Special antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

12,500 euro
Antique Thai Lanna Buddha statue

Antique Thai Lanna Buddha statue

1,750 euro
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