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Sakyamuni (The historical Buddha)
Maitreya (The future Buddha)  

According to the Tantric system, each of the five "Enlightened-Families" comprises a central male Buddha, representing one of the purified aggregates. Female Buddha representing one of the purified elements.

Vairocana (male, head of Buddha-family) the purified aspect of our aggregate of consciousness/form 
Akshobhya (male, head of vajra-family) - the purified aspect of our aggregate of consciousness/form 
Ratnasambhava (male, head of ratna-family) - the purified aspect of our aggregate of feeling 
Amitabha (male, head of padma-family) - the purified aspect of our aggregate of perception/discrimination 
Amoghasiddhi (male, head of karma-family) - the purified aspect of our aggregate of conditioning and motivational factors.


Avalokitesvara (The deepest compassion)  
Manjushri (The most profound wisdom)  
Samantabhadra (The most dedicated practice)  
Ksitigarbha (The vow to reach the lowest)  

Meditational Deity

Also known as Heruka, Cakrasamrara is a meditational deity of the Anuttarayogatantra class. The study and practice of this tantra is widespread in the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhis m, while related forms known as Buddhasamayoga and Shriheruka are well-known wit hin the Nyingma tradition.

Cintamani Tara
A specific meditational practice of the female deity Green Tara. Cintamani belongs to the Anuttarayogatantra class, and so includes both the generation/creation stage and th e completion/perfection stage of tantric meditation. This practice is popular mainly in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Damtsig Dorje
A meditational deity specifically related to the practice of restoring broken commitments and pledges of the tantric path, by those holding tantric vows.

Name of a principal meditational deity and tantra text, representative of Mahayoga, according to the Nyingma school, and of the father tantra class of Anuttarayogatantra, according to the Sarma schools.

The teachings and texts associated with Hayagriva belong within the sadhana class of Mahayoga, as practiced by the Nyingma school, where they are known as the tantras of buddha- speech. Hayagriva is considered to be a wrathful manifestation of Avalokiteshvara.

Heruka, Yamantaka, Vajrabhairava ("Adamantine Rage")
It comprises all wrathful meditational deity and is interpreted in Tibetan as 'blood-drinking hero'. Heruka refers to the deity Shriheruka, Cakrasamvara or Paramasukha.

One of the principal meditational deities and tantra texts of the mother class of Anuttarayogatantra, the practice of which is dominant in the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.

An aspect of the meditational deity Avalokiteshvara.
The practice of this particular tantra belongs to the Anuttarayogatantra. In some translations, the Sanskrit form has sometimes been reconstructed as jinasamudra.

One of the most well-known meditational deities of Anuttarayogatantra.

Nechung (Protector Deity)
One of the main protector deities of Tibet and of the Dalai Lama. The deity's medium is the state oracle of Tibet who is consulted on many important matters of state.

A female meditational deity associated with practices related to the healing of certain illnesses.

A female meditational deity who is regarded as the embodiment of all the buddhas' enlightened activity. There are many different aspects of Tara, and the most popular of these are Green Tara (mainly associated with protection) and White Tara (often associated with healing and longevity practices). Practices associated with Tara are widespread among all the four main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

A wrathful male deity associated with the practice of Chod in the Nyingma tradition.

A wrathful female deity associated with the practice of Chod in the Nyingrna tradition.

The tantras of Vajrakila are contained in the sadhana class of Mahayoga, and preserved in the COLLECTED TANTRAS OF THE NYINGMAPA. Only one small fragment, translated by Sakya Pandita, is to be found in the KANGYUR. A version of longer VAJRAKILA TANTRAS is also found in Chinese translations from the Sanskrit.

Vajrasattva is credited with the transmission of Atiyoga into the human world. It is an aspect of Akshobhya, the deity associated with the vajra family. There are many sadhanas dedicated to Vajrasattva, and their practice is popular among all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

A female meditational deity who may appear as the central figure of the mandala in her own right or as the consort of the meditational deity Cakrasamvara, also known as Paramasukha.

A female meditational deity belonging to the Anuttarayogatantra. The meditative practice of this deity is popular in the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug schools and the most well known aspect of the deity is the one known as Kecari.
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