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The Symbolism of the Sacred Thunderbolt or Diamond Sceptre of the Lamas

by Sangharakshita (1972)

The vajra (symbolises the union of opposites and the Transcendental 'power' that breaks through all obstacles to Enlightenment. The image of the vajra came to represent reality itself, so that Tantric Buddhism is also known as the Vajrayana, or path of reality.

N.B. A few minutes of poor sound quality.

Talk given in 1971.

This talk is part of the series Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment.

Total running time: 1:24:18