Shenlha Ӧkar and the Buddhas of the Six Realms

Deities & Enlightened Teachers

Shenlha Ӧkar (Shen Deity of White Light) is the sambhogakaya (dzogku) form of Kuntu Zangpo, the primordial Buddha, and is the most important deity in the Bön tradition. He is a deity of compassion and manifests for the benefit of the beings of the six realms (as depicted in this thangka), guiding all suffering beings to ultimate liberation.

Shenlha Ӧkar is depicted as a luminous white deity, with one face and two arms. His hands are placed in his lap in the gesture of meditation. He is adorned with the 13 beautiful ornaments of a peaceful deity: a crown, earrings, three necklaces (short, medium, and long), bracelets, anklets, arm bands, a scarf, a skirt, a throne, a golden decoration behind the throne and a halo. He often appears in the center of the Refuge Tree and is sometimes considered a form of Tonpa Shenrap.