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"Vajravarahi Mandala" (Tibet, 19th century)

Vajravarahi ( Sanskrit : Vajravârâhî; Tibetan : rdo rje phag mo (Dorje Phagmo); "Diamond Pig") is a tantric deity of Vajrayana . It is considered a special form of Vajrayogini and is particularly important in the Kagyu school. In the Blue Annals (Roerich edition, 1949–1953, p. 390) it is stated that most Tibetan yogis are initiated into the practice of Vajravârâhî and its six texts, that is, yogas . She appears in the form of a sambhogakaya in red and holds the dakinis' knife in her right hand, a skull bowl in her left, and in the crook of her arm she holds a tantric staff crowned with a dorje . From the top of her head appears the typical Vajravarahi pig head. The Dakini Dorje Phagmo was the starting point for the transmission of the Chakrasamvara tantra (T. Khorlo Demchog) in the fourth century .

Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi are considered to be Buddhas that form a yab-yum pair.

According to the Gelug masters and some Kagyu masters, anuttarayoga tantra can be divided into two subdivisions: father tantra (pha-rgyud) and mother tantra (ma-rgyud). Both Chakrasamvara ( T. 'Khor-lo bde-mchog) and Hevajra (T. Kyai rdo-rje) and Vajrayogini (T. rDo-rje rnal-' byor-ma) belong to the mother tantras.

In non-tantric Buddhism, a pig is part of the innermost center of the wheel of life , where it symbolizes delusion or ignorance .

According to Jonathan Landaw / Andy Weber, the fact that Vajravarahi's head is sometimes adorned with a pig's head corresponds to a characteristic feature in the imagery of Vajrayana: the properties that are overcome by a certain deity appear symbolically as attributes of this deity.

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  2. at Berzin anuttarayoga written
  3. Binding Practices in Mother Tantra Alexander Berzin, August 1997, translation into German: Christian Dräger
  4. Pictures of Awakening. Tibetan art as an inner experience. Diamantverlag, 2000, pp. 172, 173, ISBN 3980579816