One-pronged Vajra

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One-pronged Vajra

Postby pemachophel » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:00 pm

Can anyone tell me anything about the use of a one-pronged vajra (dorje tse-chig) in Vajrayana Buddhism?

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Re: One-pronged Vajra

Postby dzogchungpa » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:03 pm

Some references from Beer's "Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs":

p. 234:
A single-pointed vajra represents both the central chan-
nel as Mt Meru's central axis, and the union of all duality
symbols conceived of as non-dual. These include wisdom and
compassion, emptiness and bliss, absolute and relative truths.

p. 239:
The deity Kalachakra is described as wearing a long rosary of
single-pointed vajras, although iconographically Kala-
chakra's rosary is more often depicted as a long chain of
five-pronged vajras with a crossed vajra at its lower centre.

p. 284:
The sharp point of Yamantaka's harpoon- which is de-
scribed as a single-pointed vajra - symbolises penetrative
insight ...
The true condition is beyond numbers. If we think in terms of an "individual being" this means that we are limiting, and consequently everything becomes complicated. If we want to understand, then we must not limit. - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

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Re: One-pronged Vajra

Postby jmlee369 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:59 am

In the Ngagrim Chenmo series, Lama Tsongkhapa stated in accordance with the Susiddhi Tantra that when doing mantra recitation during a Kriya practice, a wooden single-pronged vajra carved and blessed by the practitioner should be held in the right hand (if I'm remembering this correctly). While I have yet to see this in practise in the Tibetan tradition, I have a strong suspicion that the Shingon tradition maintains it.

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Re: One-pronged Vajra

Postby pemachophel » Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:16 pm

Yeah, I've seen one=pronged dorjes at Shingon temples in Japan. However, recently, a Tibetan Teacher gave me one. So that's the reason for my original query. In four decades, I had not seen one of these in Tibetan Buddhism before.

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