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Tibetan: Neten Zangpo (gnas brtan bzang po)

Bhadra the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, zang po, Sanskrit: Sthavira Bhadra): the 6th arhat from the set of 16 great arhats.

"On an Island in the Yamuna river is the noble elder Bhadra, surrounded by 1,200 arhats; homage to the One performing [the gestures] of Dharma explanation and meditation." (Sakya liturgical verse).

The Sixteen Great Arhats are generally painted as a set. Typically the full group would include the buddha Shakyamuni, the 16 arhats, the attendant Dharmatala, the patron Hvashang and the Four Guardians of the Directions: Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Dritarashtra and Virudhaka.

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