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By Rob Linrothe

     Buddhists think that the wrathful spirits signify inherent features of our personal, and that meditating on them can transmute the another way malevolent aspects of our personal natures into optimistic characteristics and activities. The wrathful deities additionally supply important clues as to the early improvement of esoteric Buddhism in India, approximately which few early texts continue to exist. via cautious exam of a giant physique of pictures in addition to Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Indic texts, this lavishly illustrated quantity lines the evolution of the varieties and the unfolding importance of the wrathful deity in esoteric Buddhist sculpture.

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A p a r t f r o m Y a m a a n d A g n i 's i m p o r t a n c e i n E s o te r ic B u d d h i s t hom a r i te s ,23 t h e dikpala d o n o t h a v e a g r e a t d e a l o f a d d e d p r o m i n e n c e in th e E s o te ric B u d d h i s t s y s te m . A s fo r t h e dharm apala, s in c e dharm a r e f e r s to t h e B u d d h a 's t e a c h in g s , a n d pdla to p r o t e c t o r , th e dharm apala m u s t a ls o b e p r o t e c t i v e d e it i e s , n o t o f s p a c e o r o f t e r r i ­ to ry , b u t o f th e B u d d h a 's t e a c h in g s .

T h e H evajra Tantra, a te x t f r o m t h e t h i r d p h a s e o f E s o te r ic B u d d h i s m , p r o v i d e s a n o t h e r i n s t a n c e o f t h e v a r i o u s l y c o n c e i v e d o b s t a c l e s w h i c h t h e krod ha-vigh nan taka is c a p a b l e o f d e s t r o y i n g . T h e te x t w a s t r a n s l a t e d i n t o C h i n e s e i n t h e e l e v e n t h c e n ­ tu ry , b u t it is b e l i e v e d to h a v e b e e n c u r r e n t in I n d i a b e f o r e t h a t tim e . It c e r t a i n l y r e p ­ r e s e n ts a l a t e r d e v e l o p m e n t t h a n e i t h e r t h e M M K o r t h e S T T S .

B is c h o ff h a s n o t e d th a t " U c c h u s m a , b y h i s p u r e c o m p a s s i o n , a t t e m p t s t o s a v e a ll b e i n g s , w i t h o u t a v o i d i n g c o n ta c t w i t h filth (s ta in s ): b y h i s g r e a t r a d ia n c e , l ik e a s c o r c h i n g fire , h e b u m s u p th e s t a i n s o f klesa, o f f a ls e v i e w s , o f vikalpa, a n d p u r i f i e s t h e s p i r i t . " 55 A ca. t e n t h - c e n t u r y s t o n e s c u l p t u r e d e p i c t s Y a m a n t a k a , w h o is s p e c if ic a lly m e n t i o n e d a s o n e o f t h e e i g h t krodha -vig hna ntaka i n t h e A m r ita k u n d a l i .

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