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Tibetan: ཡི་དམ་ (yidam)   Chinese: 本尊

In Vajrayana, a Yidam is a manifestation of enlightened mind or Buddha form. A Yidam can have multiple faces, arms and legs and can appear in peaceful or wrathful form. 

Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Guhyasamaja, Cakrasamvara, Hevajra, Yamantaka, and Vajrayogini, Hayagriva, Vajrakilaya, Kurukulla, Avalokiteshvara, Tara, Manjushri and Dzambhala are some of the most common well known Yidams.

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Synonyms/Additional Terms:
ཡི་དམ་, 本尊, Istadevata

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