Sixteen lesser fears

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The sixteen lesser fears (Tib. འཇིགས་པ་བཅུ་དྲུག, Wyl. ‘jigs pa bcu drug) often include the eight great fears. They are the fear of:

  • enemies,
  • lions,
  • elephants,
  • fire,
  • snakes,
  • bandits/robbers,
  • prison/captivity,
  • ocean waves,
  • demons/cannibals,
  • leprosy,
  • the harm inflicted by the messengers of Indra (gandharvas),
  • poverty,
  • separation from friends/loved ones,
  • punishment by the king,
  • showers of meteorites, and
  • misfortune/failure.