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 +The '''​bell'''​ (Skt. ''​ghaṇṭa'';​ Tib. [[དྲིལ་བུ་]],​ ''​drilbu'';​ [[Wyl.]] ''​dril bu''​) is, with its necessary counterpart the [[vajra]], an important ritual implement in [[Vajrayana]] practices. It symbolizes the feminine principle, the wisdom of [[emptiness]],​ while the vajra symbolizes the masculine principle, that of [[compassion]] and [[skilful means]]. And the union of [[wisdom]] and skilful means is the enlightened mind.
 +==Further Reading==
 +*[[Patrul Rinpoche]], ''​[[The Words of My Perfect Teacher]]''​ (Boston: Shambhala, Revised edition, 1998), page 187.
 +[[Category: Key Terms]]
 +[[Category: Hand Implements]]
 +[[Category: Shrine and Ritual]]
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