Vajrayogini Brass Statue – Tibetan Buddhist Deity


This image is that of Dakini Vajrayogini. A Dakini is the most important female principle in Tantric Buddhism, representing the ever-changing flow of female energy. They are the guardians of teachings and are considered the supreme embodiments of wisdom. The Dakini can help change human weaknesses into wisdom and understanding, and the concept of self into enlightened energy.

There are two kinds of Dakinis-supramundane or “beyond worldly,” and mundane, or “worldly,” ones. The second is usually referred to as yoginis. Yoginis are mystical partners of yogis, to whom they give secret wisdom and magical powers. In fact, to reach Buddhahood, the practitioner (yogi) requires the help of the following three:

  1. His lama or teacher,
  2. His yidam, or meditational deity, and
  3. His Dakini.
Vajrayogini Brass Statue - Tibetan Buddhist Deity
Vajrayogini Brass Statue – Tibetan Buddhist Deity

There are three different types of Vajra yogini Statues, according to how three different masters viewed her. One of these masters was Mahasiddha Naropa who received his teachings from Vajrayogini around the eleventh century. His disciples began calling this aspect of Vajrayogini Naro Kha Chod, or Naro Sky Goer, according to the vision and teachings of Naropa. The teachings of Naro Kha Chod were first introduced into Tibet by the Nepalese brother’s named Pom Ting. There thus followed a lineage of teachings of Naro Kha Chod that continues to the present day. She is very popular, and all sects follow her practice.

It is according to the sadhana written by Naropa that the present statue is sculpted. Her face is semi-wrathful. She has three eyes, and her mouth is open. Her crown is made up of five dried human heads. Her right-hand holds a chopper pointing downward. Her left-hand holds a skullcup filled with swirling human brains inside. Under her bent left hand, there is a khatvanga, a staff decorated with human skulls, vajra, scarf, etc. Her naked body glistens with her vehement passion. She is very youthful-looking and has a beautiful shape with large, pointed breasts and firm nipples. Her necklace is made up of dried human skulls, and she is wearing bone ornaments on her arms and feet, and also a bone apron on her body. She is crushing under her outstretched left leg Dushenma, lying face up. Her bent left leg is stepping on Bhairava, who lies face down. A large fire halo representing wisdom is behind her. Short Description of GodsGoddess and Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal, Handicraft Association of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, compiled by Jnan Bahadur Sakya.

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