Yamantaka is a wrathful expression of Manjushri, the Samyaksambuddha of wisdom who, in other contexts, also functions as a Dharmapala or a Heruka. Yamantaka manifests in several different forms, one of which has six legs, six faces and six arms holding various weapons while sitting or standing on a water buffalo.
Within Buddhism, “terminating death” is a quality of all Buddhas as they have stopped the cycle of rebirth, samsara. Yamantaka, then, represents the goal of the Mahayana practitioner’s journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: in awakening, one adopts the practice of Yamantaka – the practice of terminating death.
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