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Mantrin (sngags pa)

  • An adept of the mantras in general. However, the word sngags pa is popularly used to denote those practitioners of tantra who choose to maintain a family life in contrast to the celibate life of a monk or a nun. Such practitioners commonly dress in white or black robes, with a raw silk shawl, which is red and white in colour, and also often wear their hair tied in a knot above their heads. GD (from the Glossary to Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings)