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Semi-wrathful

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semi-wrathful.

semi-wrathful deities.

Vajrakilaya in peaceful form, he is Vajrasattva, in semi-wrathful form he is Vajra Vidharana , Tib. Dorje Namjom) in wrathful form he is Vajrapani, and in extremely wrathful form he is Vajrakilaya.
wrathful and semi-wrathful deities, yidams and guardians of the tantric pantheon, display powerful skillful means to tame destructive forces and turn them to benefit. The motivation is always intense compassion and the desire to eliminate suffering.

Yidam and Wrathful Deities
Semi-wrathful and wrathful male and female tantric Yidam deities, Protector deities, and Warrior deities, who are often accompanied by their mandala or retinue of directional and subsidiary deities. Buddhas in female form, goddesses who are bodhisattvas, historical figures such as lineage founders, and also yidams and dharma protectors in peaceful, semi-wrathful or wrathful form. Arya [Noble] Tara is best known in her Green or White forms. She is depicted in various ways. Peaceful, semi-wrathful; alone or surrounded by her 21 manifestations or aspects. Lamanteri is the Mongolian semi-wrathful form of Green Tara with 8 arms sometimes depicted with the 21 aspects of the Praises to Tara surrounding her.

A Yidam is a deity that the practitioner personally relates to. The practitioner is empowered to practice the sadhana of the deities from an authentic guru. Yidams are wrathful, semi-wrathful and peaceful.

The dharmakaya continuously emanates five wisdoms in all directions. These appear as the five dhyani buddhas or the families of wrathful, semi-wrathful, and peaceful conquerors and their retinues.
Black Tara is a semi-wrathful deity who aids in the removal of obstacles. Her color is black.

Dakini, or "sky-dancer," is a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences.