DimensionsWork : 6 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (15.88 x 8.25 x 8.25 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelThe vajra scepter (also called a dorje) and bell are among the most important implements used in Tantric Buddhist rituals. The vajra scepter symbolizes the eternal, unchangeable nature of the Buddha’s mind. It represents compassion and the male principle in Tantric Buddhism. The bell symbolizes the absolute purity of the Buddha’s body and speech. It represents wisdom and the female principle in Tantric Buddhism. The vajra scepter and bell are used together in different ways depending on the rituals being performed. Typically the vajra is held in the right hand while the bell is held in the left hand when they are used in a ritual context.