Manjushri / Saraswati Yab Yum signed ltd. edition Giglee Print by Urgyen Gyalpo 17" x 11 3/8"
By renowned Buddhist Temple & Thangka Artist Urgyen Gyalpo,
Karma Gadri Style, Printed on Canvas
Blessed by Dodrupchen Rinpoche
Yab-yum (Tibetan literally, "father-mother") is a common symbol in the Buddhist art of India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet. It represents the primordial union of wisdom and compassion, depicted as a male deity in union with his female consort through the similar idea of interpenetration or "coalescence" (Wylie: zung-'jug; Sanskrit: yuganaddha), using the concept of Indra's net to illustrate this. The male figure represents compassion and skillful means, while the female partner represents insight. In yab-yum the female is seated on the male’s lap. There is a rare presentation of a similar figure but reversed, with the male sitting on the female’s lap, called yum-yab.