In the triad of enlightened qualities – unlimited compassion (Avalokiteshvara), unlimited wisdom (Manjushri) and unlimited power, Vajrapani represents the aspect of pure power, the energy of the enlightened mind.
Within a big blaze of transformative flames he dances ecstatically, exorcising the ugly demons of greedy entanglement with a threatening gesture; transforming hatred into wisdom with his diamond thunderbolt-sceptre that symbolizes the indestructibility of awareness beyond concepts.
Vajrapani is an emanation of Buddha Akshobya; historically he was a great patron of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings. It was him who requested the Buddha to teach many of the Tantras that are practiced today.
Vajrapani is part of the triple deity practice of Trakpo Sumtril, the other two deities being Hayagriva and King Garuda.
Vajrapani will be the last of the Buddhas to appear in this fortunate eon, which is another indication of how immensely fortunate we are to make a connection to Lama Tsongkhapa who is the embodiment of Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani.
His spiritual energy in the form of sound that helps to transform the mind (Mantra) is:
OM BENZAPANI HUNG