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A Yidam is a Buddha that you feel attracted to (past life connection) or is recommended for you by your Guru due to your mental dispositions. Most Sadhana revolve around Yidams. Yidam practice is the regular performance of that Yidam's Sadhana.Devotionary wrote:Good day all.
Can anyone please elaborate on the role--and necessity--of having a Yidam (Meditational Deity)?
Does doing a deity-centered practice bring more benefits than other types of practice? Or, is it just for a very special few
who get a Yidam?
Thanks for the insight!
Some Japanese Buddhist sects are Tantric. As far as I know, they have Yidam practice. Non-Tantric sects do not have Yidams.Devotionary wrote:Finally, can Buddhists of non-Tibetan schools (Chinese, Japanese, Pureland etc) benefit or acquire from YIdams?
You can start without mastery of Shamatha. But you cannot master Yidam practice without mastering Shamatha.lisehull wrote:Another question - can one do yidam practice as one's main practice without doing shamatha (shinay/calm abiding) regularly?
Johnny Dangerous wrote:in the first book he says that self-generation as the deity or meditation on the deity actually can actually be a form of Shamatha