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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 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 with crowns and ornaments and known as sambhogakaya appearance.

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