Peaceful and Wrathful Deities
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Courtesy of Himalayan Art Resources
Texts related to the forty-two peaceful and fifty-eight wrathful deities, known collectively as the zhitro (zhi khro):
- Emptying the Hells from Their Very Depths: The Sovereign Practice for the Confession of All Impairments and Breakages of Vows and All Negative Actions and Obscurations from the revelation of Guru Chökyi Wangchuk
This practice of confession and fulfilment, popularly known as Narak Kong Shak, was arranged by combining elements of Guru Chökyi Wangchuk’s revelation called Kagye Sangwa Yongdzok together with the Kagye Drakpo Rangjung Rangshar of the Northern Treasures.
This verse and mantra for longevity, intended to supplement the Droltik Gongpa Rangdrol (grol tig dgongs pa rang grol) practice of the peaceful and wrathful deities, are attributed to Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo but preserved within the writings of his successor, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.
- In Praise of the Meaning of the Main Mantras of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
Jamyang Khyentse elaborates on the individual syllables of the main mantra of the forty-two peaceful deities, oṃ āḥ hūṃ hrīḥ bodhicitta mahāsukha jñāna dhātu āḥ, and the main mantra of the fifty-eight wrathful deities, oṃ rulu rulu hūṃ bhyo hūṃ.
- Highway of the Great Yoga: A Daily Practice for the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities of the Self-Liberated Wisdom Mind by Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Özer
This short daily practice of the peaceful and wrathful deities (zhi khro) takes the famous treasure revelations of the tertön Karma Lingpa (b. 14th C.) as its basis and is widely used within the Longchen Nyingtik tradition.