The Yidam are Buddhist meditation deities. Their images serve as portals and bridges, not dissimilar in nature from Eastern Orthodox icons. Yidams are featured in sacred mandala and Thangka paintings. The Yidam serves as a vehicle, potentially transporting devotees, adepts, and practitioners to the state of enlightenment that the spirit symbolizes and has personally achieved. Among the most beloved Yidams are Tara, Vajranairatmya, and various Dakinis, especially Vajravetali, the Diamond Zombie.

See Also:

Dakini; Tara (2); Vajranairatmya; Vajravahari; Vajravetali; Yamantaka


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