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Author: Samye Institute
Last Updated: August 17, 2022

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Amoghasiddhi’s name translates as ‘Infallible Success’ or ‘Unobstructed Accomplishment’. He is the buddha of the Karma family and presides over the buddhafield known as Karmaprasiddhi or Prakuṭā (Tib. Lerab Drubpa) located to the north. Longchenpa describes Amoghasiddhi’s pure land as the ‘realm of supreme accomplishment of action’.1Longchenpa, The Great Chariot. Amoghasiddhi displays the all-accomplishing wisdom of  perfect buddha activity. This wisdom remains unobstructed by knowing everything all the time. The earliest textual reference seems to be in the 7th-8th century CE Sarvatathāgata Tattvasaṃgraha Tantra.

Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpa Lingpa composed a prayer that includes this verse dedicated to Amoghasiddhi:

བྱང་ཕྱོགས་ལས་རབ་རྫོགས་པའི་ཞིང་ཁམས་སུ། །
jangchok lérap dzokpé zhingkham su
In the northern pure realm of Fulfilled Activity,

ཕྲག་དོག་རྣམ་དག་བྱ་གྲུབ་ཕོ་བྲང་ནས། །
trakdok namdak jadrup podrang né
within the all-accomplishing palace of immaculate jealousy,

སངས་རྒྱས་དོན་ཡོད་གྲུབ་པ་ལ་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས། །
sangyé dönyö drupa la solwa dep
Buddha Amoghasiddhi: to you I pray!

ཕྲག་དོག་རྣམ་དག་རྟོགས་པར་བྱིན་གྱིས་རློབས། །
trakdok namdak tokpar jingyi lop
Bless me that I may realize the utter purity of jealousy!

Excerpt from A Prayer to the Vidyādhara Gurus by Chokgyur Lingpa.

He is usually depicted as green in color and holding a sword and his emblem is a double varja. He often displays the abhayā mudrā, the upraise hand that demonstrates fearlessness.