Our Vajradhara Buddha statue is a depiction of the “Primordial Buddha”. He sits in full lotus pose depicting the Vajra mudra in front of his chest. This venerable mudra symbolizes the joining of compassion and wisdom. Compassion with skillful means is the masculine attribute that is represented by the vajra which he is holding in his right hand. Additionally, he holds the ghanta bell in his left hand. This is because the ghanta symbolizes the feminine attribute of wisdom. Vajradhara crosses his hands to represent the joining of these two attributes.
The different Tibetan Buddhist schools disagree as to whether Samantabhadra or Vajradhara is the true primordial Buddha. However, these deities are quite similar and therefore the conflict is mostly with semantics. This Vajradhara Buddha statue is depicted with the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. Although Samantabhadra would typically be adorned in a more conservative manner.
Vajradhara is believed to be the essence of the enlightened mind. As such, Tibetan Buddhists believe he is the Tantric form of Shakyamuni. The Guru Tilopa is believed to have received the Mahamudra dictation directly from Vajradhara through visions and other extraordinary means. Additionally, the “State of Vajradhara” is synonymous with the realization of enlightenment.