vajra (T. rdo rje རྡོ་རྗེ་; C. jingang 金剛) is a symbol of power, indestructibility, and perfect stability in Buddhist tantra. According to Indian mythology, the vajra is the weapon of the all-powerful god Indra. In this context, the vajra is likened to a thunderbolt, and it made Indra invincible. The term vajra also relates to a substance called vajra, which is the hardest physical material, often compared to a diamond.
As an adjective, the term vajra means "indestructible," "invincible," "firm," etc. In Buddhist tantra, the ultimate vajra is emptiness (sunyata), and the conventional vajra is the ritual implement of material substance.
The vajra is often used as a ritual implement within Buddhist tantric practices. When used in conjuction with a bell, the vajra symbolizes skillful means (upaya) and the bell symbolizes wisdom (prajna).
A common name for Buddhist tantra, particularly in Tibet, is Vajrayana, often translated as the "Diamond Vehicle."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 རྡོ་རྗེ་, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. vajra
- ↑ Vajra, Rangjung Yeshe Wiki