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Tibetan: Neten Michepa (gnas brtan mi phyed pa)
Abheda, the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, mi che pa. Sanskrit: Sthavira Abheda): the 16th arhat from the set of 16 great arhats, principal students of the buddha Shakyamuni.
"On the King of Snow Mountains is the noble elder Abheda, surrounded by 1,100 arhats; homage to the One holding an enlightenment stupa." (Sakya liturgical text).
The Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set. The full group would include the buddha Shakyamuni, the 16 arhats, the attendant Dharmatala, the patron Hva-shang and the Four Guardians of the Directions - Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.
Jeff Watt 5-99 [updated 8-2017]