Hundred Peaceful & Wrathful Deities
The Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Tib. ཞི་ཁྲོ་རིགས་བརྒྱ་, Wyl. zhi khro rigs brgya) include the forty-two peaceful deities and fifty-eight wrathful deities. They feature in several practices and cycles of teachings, most notably the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Guhyagarbha Tantra, which is the primary source describing this mandala.
The Guhyagarbha Tantra also carries the meaning of "destroying the roots of Vajra Hell", considered to be a compulsory practice for all Mahasiddhas and the great accomplished practitioners.
- To liberate the suffering of those beings who have long taken rebirth in samsaric realms, including ancestors, parents, relatives and friends, and to plant the seed of enlightenment on their behalf.
- To liberate those in the bardo state
- To liberate the consciousness of the demonish spirits, so that they may take rebirth in Amitabha's pureland
- To accumulate merit and wisdom for the living beings, and to purify the negative karma accumulated since beginningless times, so that they will be free from sickness and away from all the natural and manmade disasters, and their lives will be prolonged