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yab-yum


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Literally ‘father and mother’, a Tibetan term for the sexual union of male and female Buddhas associated with anuttara-yoga-tantra. Various interpretations of the symbolism exist, but most commonly the male figure is linked to compassion (karuṇā) and skilful means (upāya-kauśalya) while the female partner is linked to insight (prajñā).

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