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A weikza statue at Shwedagon Pagoda

A weizza or weikza (Burmese: ဝိဇ္ဇာ, from Pali: vijjā "scholar") is a semi-immortal supernatural figure in Buddhism in Burma associated with esoteric and occult practices such as recitation of spells, samatha and alchemy. The goal of this practice is to achieve the timeless state of the weizza, who awaits the appearance of the future Buddha, Maitreya.[1]

Weikza practices are less common than merit-making practices or vipassanā meditation.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Ferguson, John P.; E. Michael Mendelson (1981). Masters of the Buddhist Occult: The Burmese Weikzas. Essays on Burma. Brill Archive. pp. 62–4. ISBN 978-90-04-06323-5.