Monday, 29 June 2009


A modern take on the Vajrapani mantra arranged in
a 5 pointed star. Tashi Mannox 2008.

Vajrapani in Sanskrit, Chagna Dorje ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ། in Tibetan, is one of the main celestial Bodhisattvas, often grouped with the Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri. His name means 'Thunderbolt in Hand' .
He represents the concentrated power of all Buddhas. He is most frequently depicted in his fierce emanation, in which he is a powerful protector and remover of inner and outer obstacles.

A detail of the Wrathful form of Vajrapani.

A detail of the peaceful form of Vajrapani.

Copyright Tashi mannox 2009.

The mantra of Vajrapani reads: oṃ vajra pāṇi hūṃ. nicknamed the Pani mantra, is shown above in the Tibetan Uchen script style. In this calligraphy the vowel signs have been highlighted in blue colour associated with the great Bodhisattva.

The Tibetan pronunciation of this mantra is om benza pani hum. The pronunciation differs from the Sanskrit because there is no V sound in the Tibetan alphabet.

The above mantras and similar are available as high-resolution down-loads that can be printed and taken to your tattooist as a quality tattoo template. Please follow this link to browse hundreds of classic tattoo designs of mantras, Key words, meaningful phrases and iconic symbols, in a choice of the various beautiful Tibetan script styles, that offer inspiring and empowering options for your personal tattoo.


  1. Tashi, you are one of the greatest living artists today.. Exquisite, subtle, multi-layered, sensitive, powerful.. It's all there.
    For me, it inspires me to reach these kind of levels in my own work.
    Lama Jinpa

  2. Good work! now i know the mantra of Vajrapani.Thanks

  3. So, the peaceful form of Vajrapani is female? Those are definitely breasts! Beautiful work.

  4. Gorgeous works. I had a spontaneous vision of myself as a red meditational deity earlier this year. A voice in my head said, "Vajrapanni." I'm still not very stable in deity yoga.

    Thanks for the images and mantras.


  5. por casualidad encontré esta página web hace un tiempo y me maravillé con tan lindos dibujos que hay aquí. el mantra de vajrapani dentro de la estrella lo tatué en mi espalda, porque su significado me llegó mucho. te admiro, eres un gran artista.
    saludos desde chile.

  6. It is fascinating how many depictions of ancient deities are always not human, or in humanoid shape, I think that ancient knowledge withhold some secrets that are not been revealed.

  7. Your art is extremely beautiful. I personally do Islamic calligraphy, would be willing to share what kind of calligraphy pens and tools you use?

  8. Edit
    Unknown said...
    Hi Tashi, I am following Kagyu lineage for the last 20 years and I quite like tattoo body arts but have not inked any yet and that is something I wanted to do for a long time but consider the reasons to and not to, however I am pretty attracted to the Kagyu Tiger Thangka-like you have created.

    I am thinking of putting as tat on my back, slightly near the waist with the three hum syllable slightly rise above the waistline. I do not know if you allow the picture of your art to be 'canvassed' on people's body who loves your art especially the "Kagyu Tiger" icon.


  9. Hi Gary,

    If you wish to use the Kagyu Tiger image i created, it will need to be made suitable for a tattoo design, as the original artwork is predominantly black and will not copy clearly when the transfer templet is made for the tattoo.
    You will also need a good sharp high resolution image, as only a good tattoo comes from a good clear original.

    If you would like to contact me to discuss this further, here is my email address:

    with best wishes


  10. A beautiful work of art! And thank you for the detailed information about Vajrapani.