Dorje of Vajra is a buddhist ritual object that carries multiple symbolism: the diamond, the thunderbolt, the male organ, skillful means, compassion, the primordial nature of the universe and multiple other notions and physical elements. “Τhe dorje can be traced to extreme antiquity. It grew out of the fertilizing lightning bolt of the male sky gods. The trantricists believe that emptiness, the substance of phenomena, is the only constant in cosmos. The vajra has come to suggest the immutable, awakened, empty self”.
The pair of Dorje is the sound of bell. It represents female wisdom and stands for transience. “ The sound it emits is perishable; it is perceived but it may not be kept. All things are perishable; they exist through the senses of the observer but have in themselves no reality.”
The way that ritual object Dorje is introduced in this work is not a description because it cannot be described. It is an effort to share information about matter, an introduction to things that are met behind the forms, a situation that one can experience. The photograph, the reflection of the physical object Dorje, is there to remind us that the world we interpret as real is just a reflection of reality.
Τhe dorje is empty. Ιt can be experienced inside one’s body, everywhere, without moving at all. Τhere is a whole universe hidden in it.
Hugh R. Downs, Rhythms of a Himalayan Village.