Chakrasamvara: Syzygy as the paired opposites

Yab Yum, Chakrasamvara & Vajravarahi, Tibet, c. 15th Century, The Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, US Public Domain
Chakrasamvara, Tibet, c. 15th Century, The Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, US Public Domain

In the above image, we see a mandala image from 15th Century Tibetan Buddhism. The central deity in the mandala is Samvara. Samvara is considered the image of “Supreme Bliss” [1]. He is blue in color, with twelve arms, and four faces. He embraces Vajravārāhī, who is red in color. Vajravārāhī means the “”The Diamond Sow” [2]. In Tibetan Buddhism, the syzygy is called Yab-Yum, as metaphor of the union of bliss and emptiness.

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