Himalayan Art Resources

Bon Deity: Peaceful & Wrathful (Shi-Tro) Set

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Tibetan: Shitro Lhatsog (zhi khro lha tshogs).

The idea of peaceful and wrathful has two meanings in the Bon religion. The first meaning is that of an organizing system to arrange the different types of deities into understandable groupings. All deities of the Bon religion can be understood to belong to either the peaceful category of deities or the wrathful category of deities. This concept of peaceful and wrathful categories is also followed by the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Video: Bon Deities Peaceful & Wrathful

The second meaning for peaceful and wrathful in the Bon religion refers to a particular set of deities that form a single meditation system known as the Collection of Peaceful and Wrathful Deities. The image below represent that system of iconography and meditational practice.

- Peaceful
- Wrathful

The first image is that of the (1) Distant Lineage of teachers prior to 961 AD. The second is of the (2) Near Lineage of teachers following after that time. The third and fourth images are of the (3) peaceful and (4) wrathful deities. The fifth is a protector painting with (5) Lhago Togpa at the center. The last image is of the supreme Bon protector goddess (6) Sipai Gyalmo.

Jeff Watt [updated 12-2021]