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Buddha-figure

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An emanated form of a Buddha, often with multiple faces, arms, and legs, which tantric practitioners visualize themselves as. This is done in order to create a close bond with the figure so as to be able to attain enlightenment, in the form of that figure, through such practice.

J. Hopkins' translation: "[mind-firm]; personal deity; tutelary deity; promise; vow; one who has a vow; deity."

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