Tibetan Buddhism - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Exorcisms

Tibetan Buddhist rituals are concerned not only with attaining enlightenment but also with potential obstacles to enlightenment. The evil spirits or cosmic entities that cause sickness, death, crop failure, bad fortune, and other troubles can be exorcised using one of four general strategies: zhi (appeasement), gye (enticement through the false promise of wealth, power, and high status), wang (entrapment of the spirit), and trak (destruction and transformation of the spirit).

A Tantric exorcist may first try to distract an attacking spirit with an effigy of its victim (gye ritual). If this fails, the exorcist may employ a wang ritual to trap the spirit in an image of itself. The most wrathful ritual, trak, involves annihilating the spirit and sending it on to a better rebirth. Certain Tantric specialists are renowned for their abilities to stop hailstorms or to bring rain through their appeasement or enticement of the...

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