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Tantric Guru Padmasambhava Locket offering Physical and Spiritual Protection from Malignant Forces

The great Indian tantric master Padmasambhava (Sanskrit: ‘Lotus-Born’) is credited with the introduction of Buddhism in Tibet during the eight century. Guru Rinpoche, as he is known to the Tibetans, is considered to be the founder of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Vajrayāna practitioners regard him as an emanation of the Lord of the […]
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Meditational Buddha Amitabha Amulet in Traditional Tibetan Thangka Painting Style

In Tantric Buddhism, Amitābha is one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas (the other four being Vairocana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi respectively). Each of these Meditation Buddhas inhabits a cardinal direction; Amitābha resides in the West. There he dwells in a celestial realm known as Sukhāvatī; i.e., the Pure Land of “Ultimate Bliss” (Sanskrit: sukhāvatī). From […]
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Fierce Bodhisattva Amulet of the Transcendent Conqueror Vajrapani

In traditional Buddhist mythology Vajrapāṇi is described as a fiery but benevolent nature spirit (Sanskrit: yakṣa). Early Buddhist tradition generally speaks of Vajrapāṇi as a guardian spirit of the historical Buddha (i.e. Siddhārtha Gautama). The Tibetans, however, consider this deity to be an important worldly protector (Sanskrit: dharmapala) of the Buddhist teachings or Dharma. Either […]
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Vajrasattva Bodhisattva Sungkhor Locket for Ritual Purification and Cleansing of Negative Karma

Vajrasattva is a being who aspires to become enlightened in order to benefit other sentient beings). As such, the bodhisattva is known in both Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Buddhism. This vajra being (Sanskrit: sattva) is also known as the diamond mind, referring to the tantric practitioner’s own quality of mind. His thunderbolt essence cuts through the […]
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Esoteric Buddhist Sungkhor Locket of the Wrathful Heruka Hayagriva Deity of Enlightened Speech

In Tibetan esoteric Buddhism there are said to be eight ‘Wisdom Kings’ (Sanskrit: vidyādhara) that manifest themselves as wrathful deities in order to benefit sentient beings. The tantric teachings of Tibet also refer to these enlightened beings as ‘heruka’. In this context Heruka Hayagrīva is considered to be the embodiment of enlightened speech. Furthermore, Hayagīva […]
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Tibetan Sungkhor Locket of Green Tara as the Tantric Female Buddha of Enlightened Activity

In Vajrayāna Buddhism, Tārā is worshipped as the female Buddha of Enlightened Activity. There are twenty-one different emanations of Tārā in the Tibetan pantheon. The foremost (Ārya Tārā) among them is Syamatara; i.e., Green Tārā, commonly known as Jetsun Dölma in Tibet. Indeed, Dölma is one of the most popular meditational deities or yidam (Sanskrit: […]
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Sungkhor Locket of Amitayus Buddha of Immeasurable Life sitting in a Cosmic Mandala Diagram made from Sacred Thread

Amitāyus is considered to be a manifestation of the Enjoyment Body (Sanskrit: sambhogakāya) of the Buddha of Infinite Light; i.e., Amitābha. Though strictly speaking Amitāyus is an emanation of Amitābha, yet both are in fact one and the same Buddha, differentiating from each other only in terms of their iconographical depictions. For instance, Amitāyus is […]
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