term 'Myo-o' indicates that Fudo is one of the 'Wrathful
Kings of Mystic Knowledge'
Myo-o - 'the Immovable One' is also patron of the Martial
Arts, and patron of all practitioners of mountain-centred
ascetic mystic disciplines.
image of Fudo Myo-o is usually portrayed as livid blue
in color with a fierce expression - teeth bared and with
angry eyes - and sitting on a rock surrounded by flames.
Fudo Myo-o brandishes a sword in his right hand, and holds
a rope in his left.
It is said he aids his devotees by defeating the obstacles
and devils which hinder their practice of the Dharma,
and frees the emotionally tormented from the influence
of evil spirits. Fudo Myo-o breaks down doubts and suspicion;
and entering into a flame-emitting meditation ('kasho
zammai'), he exudes fire and destroys all karmic hindrances.
Fudo Myo-o is known to protect his devotees from disaster,
from harmful or dangerous people, and from spells or other
His aid is frequently invoked by those suffering from
bouts of sickness - not because he is considered to be
a healer, but because, due to his fiery yet compassionate
warrior nature, he is held to be an effective force to
combat both the impurities and demons that are the cause
Fudo Myo-o's help is also sought by those wishing to succeed