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Other views treat the asuras as resulting from bad karma and hence they are seen as the enemies of the gods. After making this decision, the meditator considers the uncertainty of the time of death and decides that it might occur at any moment, which should lead to a resolve to begin practicing dharma immediately. Do check out this Wikipedia page for more information, and this Budda Net page gives a good timeline of Japanese Buddhism.. Once initiated, the practitioner forms a special connection, even identity, with the tantric deity or Buddha into whose sphere one has entered.

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