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Amoghasiddhi, Buddha (Tibetan: don yo dru pa, sang gye): the patriarch of the fifth of the Five Families of Transcendent, or Symbolic, Buddhas.

There are two main types of Amoghasiddhi iconography:
- Buddha Appearance Amoghasiddhi (Nirmanakaya)
- Peaceful Appearance Amoghasiddhi (Sambhogakaya)

Amoghasiddhi is associated with Vajrayana Buddhism and originates in the Tantric Literature of the Charya, Yoga and Anuttarayoga Tantra classes. The sculptural images generally fall into two groups, either as Buddhas with monastic robes and without ornaments known as nirmanakaya appearance or Buddhas in Bodhisattva Appearance, also known as peaceful appearance, with crowns and ornaments - sambhogakaya appearance. He is most commonly depicted in the set of the Five Symbolic Buddhas.

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