Upasaka Dharmatala (Skt. Upāsaka Dharmatāla; Tib. དགེ་བསྙེན་དྷརྨ་ཏ་ལ་, Gényen Dharmatala, Wyl. dge bsnyen d+harma ta la ) — a patron of the Dharma, attendant of the Sixteen Arhats and a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara.
He has great wisdom, spiritual powers and skills; greatly learned he carries the scriptures on his back. He carries a fly whisk and a water flask symbolizing his service to the arhats. He has a tiger at his side, to protect the Sixteen Arhats from dangerous animals.
Every day he turns to Buddha Amitabha for guidance.