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Video: Amoghapasha: The Unfailing Lasso

Amoghapasha, which means unfailing lasso, refers to an unfailing compassion like a lasso which brings all sentient beings out of suffering and into a state of happiness leading to enlightenment. Amoghapasha is a complicated deity subject in Tantric Buddhist iconography. He is easily mistaken for Avalokiteshvara in most artistic depictions. The two deities are frequently conflated together by scholars. Sometimes Amoghapasha is described as a form, or emanation, of Avalokiteshvara and again at other times a retinue figure when Avalokiteshvara is the central deity in the mandala.

Study Topics:
- Who is Amoghapasha?
- Confusion between Amoghapasha and Lokehvara.
- Importance of Amoghapasha.

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Jeff Watt 2008 [updated 4-2011, 4-2017, 12-2019]