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    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    Longchen Nyingtik Yidam Deities

    33.  Mahakuruna /Avolokiteshvra  (Mahakuruna, Skt. “Great Compassion”)
    see “Eight close sons of the Buddha” above.

    34. Yamantaka

    Yamantaka (gshin rje gshed). A wrathful form of Manjushri, representing wisdom that subdues death. “Yamantaka” means 'Slayer of Yama'  who is the Lord of Death.

    35. Hayagriva

    Hayagriva (rta mgrin). Hayagriva or, "horse-necked one," is a primary emanation of Avalokiteshvara., Hayagriva is the archetypal fierce, dynamic manifestation of Avalokiteshvara's undying compassion. The Bodhisattva's compassion transforms into a fierce energy that compels one to overcome internal obstacles and subdue outer hindrances

    The most distinguishing characteristic of Hayagriva is the representation of a horse's head above his own. Frequently, as many as three horse's heads are depicted. This is particularly common in multiple-headed representations of the deity.


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