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Vajradhara, the tantric form of Shakyamuni, teacher of the tantra.

Mahasiddha (Tibetan: གྲུབ་ཐོབ་ཆེན་པོWylie: grub thob chen po; or Tibetan: ཏུལ་ཤུགWylie: tul shug; Sanskrit Devanagari: महासिद्ध; IAST: mahāsiddha, maha meaning "great" and siddha meaning "adept") is a term for someone who embodies and cultivates the "siddhi of perfection." They are a certain type of yogin/yogini recognized in Vajrayana Buddhism.

Mahasiddhas were tantric practitioners, or tantrikas who had sufficient empowerments and teachings to act as a guru or tantric master.

A siddha is an individual who, through the practice of sadhana, attains the realization of siddhis, psychic and spiritual abilities and powers. Their historical influence throughout the Indic and Himalayan region was vast and they reached mythic proportions which is codified in their songs of realization and hagiographies, or namthar, many of which have been preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist canon.

The Mahasiddhas are the founders of Vajrayana traditions and lineages, such as Dzogchen and Mahamudra.