Acala, sometimes presented as the wrathful form of the bodhisattva, Manjushri, is relatively unusual in Tibetan Buddhism. The sword he wields was believed to cut through obstacles to enlightenment and the lasso he carries was to ensnare stubborn disbelievers. Despite his wrathful appearance, he was thought to have been manifested through compassion to protect Buddhist belief and to assist in the process of enlightenment. He is often cited as one of the ‘Wisdom Kings’ (as they are known in East Asia) or ‘Herukas’ in Tibetan tradition.
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