Question about "Death Deities"


My wife, a Nyingma school Buddhist, has talked to me about what she calls our “Kela” in Sherpa, which I suspect is something else in Tibetan (that I can’t pronounce). Roughly, it concerns our “Death Deities” of which there are nine. My diety is Manjushri. Below is the page in Nepali and Tibetan that describe who they cover. Can you elaborate a bit on how we work with them in meeting our appointment with the dream at the end of time?


Most people don’t seem to know about this. Depends upon the year you were born and the Tibetan calendar sign you have.

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Other sources I’ve asked, except my wife, don’t know. Andrew is my last hope for elaboration. Hoping he will comment here or Thursday, if he hangs out…

Devanagari, same script. Similar to Roman letters for English, French, Spanish . . . Looks like the Deity is #8, Buddha Sakyamunī, so he would be the one you would work with in particular, during your lifetime, in preparation for the Bardo, the way I understand it. You should be able to read his name in the chart.

I don’t want to give incomplete or wrong info. Wife says the first is Buddha Sakyamuni while the second is “White.” रातो translates as night, yes. सेतो means seven. Not sure of the differences but they are different here. My Deity is Manjushri so that’s who I try to work with with chanting and dedications. Andrew also uses Manjushri, that’s why I’d like to learn more about working with these deities. I’ve heard BobThurman say to work with any Deity with whom you’re close.

Hoping Andrew will clarify.

So I asked Andrew about this and he didn’t know about it specifically, but offered that it is advantageous to change into a Deity in the Bardo. Wife says there are 9 colors and each is associated with a Deity and once one knows it, the practice can follow leading up to passing on and beyond.