Tibetan tangka of Yama, a ferocious supernatural form in Tibetan style

Yama, Indian god of death, protects Buddhism against demons. Or perhaps contemplatives against inner demons of addiction to powerful negative emotions. But the Buddha may have said something like ‘When you find yourself in a hell realm, help the demons.’

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Tibetan representation of Yama, Indian god of death, protector against demons. An image in the public domain, at Wikimedia commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yama_tibet.jpg), accessed 04.23.15


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