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A yaksha depiction from a thangka found at Himalayan Art Resources

Yaksha (Skt. yakṣa; Tib. གནོད་སྤྱིན་, nöjin, Wyl. gnod sbyin) — one of the eight classes of gods and demons. Yakshas are powerful beings, some times beneficent and sometimes malignant, who live on earth, in the air, and in the lower heavens.[1]


  1. John Powers, Wisdom of Buddha (Dharma Publishing, 1995), page 314.