84000 Glossary of Terms

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རྡོ་རྗེ། | Glossary of Terms

    རྡོ་རྗེ།

    rdo rje

    vajra

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This term generally indicates indestructibility and stability. In the sūtras, vajra most often refers to the hardest possible physical substance, said to have divine origins. In some scriptures, it is also the name of the all-powerful weapon of Indra, which in turn is crafted from vajra material. In the tantras, the vajra is sometimes a scepter-like ritual implement, but the term can also take on other esoteric meanings.