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Guhyasamaja (Tibetan: sang wa du pa, English: Secret Gathering), foremost meditational deity of the Method-father class of Anuttarayoga tantra. Guhyasamaja has two main traditions, the Arya (Nagarjuna) Lineage and the Jnana (Jnanapada) Lineage. There are three principal iconographic forms of Guhyasamaja; Akshobhyavajra (blue), Manjuvajra (orange), and Avalokita (red). All three of these forms have three faces, six arms, two legs and embrace a consort. Guhyasamaja can appear as either peaceful or slightly peaceful and slightly wrathful.

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