Fudo Myoo Statue

In Esoteric Buddhism Fudo Myoo is known as the great, fearsome king of wisdom, a protector of the Buddhist teaching. He is always shown with a furious, glaring face, in order to startle people into accepting the teachings of the Buddha. He carries a sword in his right hand which represents wisdom cutting through ignorance. He is in service to the Dainichi Nyorai Buddha, commanding that people awaken to the spirit of the Buddhist law, and looking to vanquish evil wherever he finds it. His countenance is intentionally fierce to fight against evil, and serves to startle people into accepting the great wisdom of Buddhism, the path to enlightenment.

The halo of flames encompassing Fudo Myoo represents the purification of the mind, by burning away the desire for all material things.

Fudo’s Sanskrit name, Acalanatha, derives from the Hindu deity Shiva and means “immobile guardian”. He carries a sword in one hand and a lasso in the other, in order to overcome and fight against the stubborn, sentient human nature, and “capture” them to show the truth of the Buddhist law.

Fudo Myoo stands 6″ tall; $225 plus $20 for shipping.