KonchokZoepa wrote:isnt vajra and bell ok instead of a stupa? doesnt it represent the same thing basically.
I wouldn't say exactly the same. A stupa is more of a representation, whereas a bell and dorje is more of a tool, though I guess you could say they both are representations of enlightened activity and wisdom. Generally, the most minimum is a representation of Shakyamuni, then Shakyamuni with a text and stupa, then expanding from that.
i dont remember the source, but from what i remember vajra and bell is as good as a stupa.
vajra is symbol of enlightened mind and bell is the wisdom of emptiness, compassion and skillful means together.
like CNN teaches that the center of the vajra is dharmakaya, and upper and down parts represent pure and impure vision, samsara nirvana, duality and non duality etc.
i dont thin vajra and a bell is a mere ''tool''
they are symbols of the enlightened mind.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....
In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….