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Bells and Dorjes

Bells and dorjes are the characteristic ritual implements of Vajrayana Buddhism.

The bell (tib. drilbu) represents wisdom ~ a female principle ~ the true understanding of emptiness. The dorje (skt. vajra), with its masculine associations, represents the compassion of all the Buddhas expressed through skillful means. The union of these two principles is enlightened mind and therefore work together in complete harmony
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