Adi Buddha

 

In Tibetan Buddhism the primordial Buddha is called Adi Buddha. Additionally, Adi Buddha statues represent Vajradhara who is also affiliated with the primordial Buddha. The primordial Buddha is the embodiment of wisdom as it always existed in the universe. Therefore, our Adi Buddha statues represent a fundamental Buddhist concept. It is the joining of compassion and wisdom which is the essence of Nirvana. As a result, our Adi Buddha statues are depicted showing compassion and wisdom in union. This is accomplished by holding the ghanta (bell) and Vajra in front of the Buddha’s chest with hands crossed. This is how Adi Buddha and also Vajradhara are commonly depicted.

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