Bell and dorje

Bell and dorje from Tibet.



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Traditional Tibetan bell and dorje.

Symbolically a dorje represents the ‘thunderbolt of enlightenment,’ that abrupt change in human consciousness which is recognised by all the great religions as a pivotal episode in the lives of mystics and saints. The Bell and Dorje, or thunderbolt, are inseparable ritual objects in Tibetan Buddhism.

While the dorje with its masculine associations represents the compassion of all the Buddhas, the bell represents wisdom, which in this context is considered a female principle. To achieve enlightenment the two principles should work in harmony. In the Buddhist tradition, the bell is visualized as the body, the dorje is the mind, and the sound of the bell is regarded as the speech of the Buddha.

(The two objects in association may derive from the ritual or puja of the Bengali goddess Durga who is an embodiment of all the powers of the gods. At her birth, she received the vajra from Indra and the bell from his white-skinned elephant, Airavata.)

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Weight 10.0000 lbs
Dimensions 5.514 × 820.3 in
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