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Tibetan Buddhism: What is Dorje and where to use it?




What is dorje and vajra?


Dorje is a ritual tool and spiritual implement which is symbolically used by Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism, all of which are traditions of Dharma.


It is also called Vajra in Sanskrit, which means diamond or thunderbolt in Tibetan Buddhism. This is because it symbolizes a tool, as hard as the diamond or as powerful as the thunderbolt, that can cut through ignorance, delusion, greed, anger, and impurities of the mind. It is also believed to represent the firmness of spirit and spiritual power.




Dorje and the bell


The Dorje is often used together with a bell during ritual and meditation, especially at the beginning of a chanting session to clear the mind and bring focus.


Always hold the bell in the left hand and the Dorje in the right. Ring the bell with your left hand or you can also strike it with the Dorje. The gentle sound of the bell fills the air, clearing the space and fostering harmony.



Where do you place and work with a Dorje?


Living Room - Dorje and bell have an irreplaceable role in Tibetan Buddhism. Some Buddhists perform ritual at home, they may place dorje at their sacred altar and work with it during their meditation and chanting. Even if you are not a Buddhist, Dorje decorations can be a part of your Tibetan home collections, as well as Thangka Painting, Damaru (drum), and prayer wheel.


Beyond its spiritual role, the Dorje finds new purpose when integrated into Orgone devices. Acting as protective amulets, they safeguard your living spaces from malevolent energies. Consider Orgonites crafted with Black Tourmaline and Obsidian to amplify their protective properties and create a sense of peace and security in your home.


Office desk - The energy changes a lot in the office. There are people working fast and slow, and different emotions merge and blend. Having a Dorje nearby helps to clear your mind, so you can stay focus on your goals.


It is a trend to carry out meditation in short break. Simply hold it in your hands, take deep breaths in and out, and repeat this for about 5 minutes. You'll likely find that the impurities of your mind begin to dissolve, leaving you feeling more centered and grounded. Aim to meditate once or twice a day to cultivate inner peace and clarity amidst the demands of your workday.



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