Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification. He embodies the wisdom of the five Dhyani buddhas and our own kind gurus.
The practice of Vajrasattva and 100,000 recitations of his 100-syllable mantra is one of the four preliminary practices that Dharma students accomplish on the path of Tibetan Buddhism. Our minds hold the seeds of negative karma created by our negative actions and afflictive emotions in past lifetimes. They have the potential to ripen into suffering and to create obstacles in our practice. The purification practice of Vajrasattva enables the realization of our full spiritual potential.
Vajrasattva is radiant white in color. He is depicted sitting in the diamond posture. His right hand holds a dorje (or vajra) at his heart which symbolizes his skillful means and compassion. His left holds a bell at his hip signifying wisdom. Together, they symbolize the union of wisdom and compassion.