84000 Glossary of Terms

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རྒྱལ་པོ་ཆེན་པོ་བཞི། | Glossary of Terms

    རྒྱལ་པོ་ཆེན་པོ་བཞི།

    rgyal po chen po bzhi

    caturmahārāja

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Four gods who live on the lower slopes (fourth level) of Mount Meru in the eponymous Heaven of the Four Great Kings (Cāturmahā­rājika, rgyal chen bzhi’i ris) and guard the four cardinal directions. Each is the leader of a semidivine class of beings living in his realm. They are Dhṛtarāṣṭra, ruling over the kumbhāṇḍas in the south; Virūḍhaka, ruling the nāgas in the west; Virūpākṣa, ruling the gandharvas in the east; and Vaiśravaṇa (also known as Kubera) ruling the yakṣas in the north. Also referred to as Guardians of the World or World-Protectors (Lokapāla, ’jig rten skyong ba).