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(Tib.).

A tutelary deity associated with tantric Buddhism. The image and attributes of the deity are appropriated and used during personal meditation (sādhana) for the purpose of...

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Yidam

John Bowker.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

January 2000; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies. 89 words.

(Tib., yi.dam., ‘bound in thought’).

A class of tutelary deities in Tibetan Buddhism corresponding to the Indian Iṣṭadevatā.

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yidam

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

(Tib.).

A tutelary deity associated with tantric Buddhism. The image and attributes of the deity are appropriated and used during personal meditation (sādhana) for the purpose of...

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yi-dam

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 62 words.

(Tib.).

A tutelary deity associated with tantric Buddhism. The image and attributes of the deity are appropriated and used

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Vajrabhairava

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 51 words.

A tantric tutelary deity (yi-dam), thought to be the wrathful aspect of Mañjughoṣa or Yamāntaka. Meditational practices

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Hayagrīva

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 60 words.

A tantric yi-dam or tutelary deity considered to be a wrathful form of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. His name means

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Vajrayoginī

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism.

An enlightened deity (ḍākinī) or yogic adept (yoginī). She is the chief female tutelary deity (yi-dam) of the Mother Tantras.

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Cakra-saṃvara Tantra

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 45 words.

The root tantra of the group of Mother Tantras associated with the yi-dam Cakra-saṃvara. Known as the Śrī-cakra-saṃvara-guhya-cintya Tantra

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Vajrakīla

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 47 words.

(Skt,; Tib., rdo-rje phur-ba).

A wrathful tantic tutelary deity (yi-dam), being a personification of the three-sided ritual dagger

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Hevajra Tantra

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 57 words.

(Skt.). One of the key anuttara-yoga Mother Tantras associated with the yi-dam Hevajra and his consort Nairātmya. The text describes

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Cakra-saṃvara

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 61 words.

(Skt.; Tib., bde-mchog 'khor-lo). Literally ‘The Wheel of Supreme Bliss’, a semi-wrathful yi-dam or tutelary deity with four heads and

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