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(Skt., Dharma-protector).

Supernatural beings who act as protectors or guardians of the Dharma and its adherents from all negative forces. In Tibetan Buddhism (see Tibet), they comprise two categories: those who are manifestations of enlightened beings such as Mahākāla.and the so-called ‘oath-bound’ unenlightened beings who have been coerced into acting as protectors by magicians like Padmasambhava and others.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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