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In Vajrayana Buddhism, Pawo ( Wylie: dpa' bo; literally "brave guy") is translated hero or warrior. Depending on context, it can refer to the ideal of a Vajrayana practitioner; to living people (where it is sometimes used as an honorific or part of a name); to legendary or mythical figures from the past; or to purely spiritual beings.

"Pawo" translates the Sanskrit terms daka and vira, with similar meaning.

Pawos are typically described in consort with khandros, their feminine counterparts. The feminine form of the term pawo is pamo.

The tülku Nenang Pawo is often known simply as Pawo Rinpoche.

The concept of spiritual hero, or courageous fearless spiritual practitioner, plays a central role in Chögyam Trungpa's Shambhala terma, where "pawo" is translated "warrior".

Pawo (film)

Pawo(2016) is a Tibetan-language film set in Mcloed Ganj chronicling the life of a young Tibetan refugee boy in India after escaping over Himalayas in search of freedom.

The film is loosely based on late Jamphel Yeshi who self-immolated in protest against human right violations in Tibet.

The protagonist meets a tragic end when he douses himself in litres of gasoline, and sets himself alive for the Tibetan freedom movement on his 27th birthday.