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In Vajrayana Buddhism, a Yidam (Sanskrit: Iṣṭadevatā} is a fully enlightened being who is the focus of personal meditation, during a retreat or for one's life. Although many commonfolk worship their yidam as a deity in a manner similar to theistic practices, the meaning according to yogis and texts is that the Ishtadevata is to be identified with the practitioner's own future Buddhahood.


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