Fudō Myō-ō

Fudō Myō-ō Tattoo in progress by Shannon Nordin… outline done!

What is the Fudō Myō-ō?

Those better acquainted with eastern mysticism associate this wrathful creature with the Shingon sect of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism.

Myō-ō is the Japanese term for Sanskrit “Vidyaraja,” a group of warlike and wrathful deities known in English as the Mantra Kings, the Wisdom Kings, or the Knowledge Kings. They represent the luminescent wisdom of Buddhism, protect the Buddhist teachings, remove all obstacles to enlightenment, and force evil to surrender. Introduced to Japan in 9th century, the Myō-ō were originally Hindu deities that were adopted into Esoteric Buddhism to vanquish blind craving.

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