Samantabhadri

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Samantabhadri (Kuntuzangmo in Tibetan) is the consort and female counterpart of Samantabhadra, the primordial Buddha of the older schools of Tibetan Buddhism.  They are usually shown in sexual union (yab/yum in Tibetan), the blue male figure and white female figure embracing each other in lotus position.  Samantabhadri is sometimes shown alone, in which case she is seated in lotus posture with her hands in meditation posture in her lap.  Samantabhadri is always shown naked (as is her consort) to demonstrate the unadorned nature of Absolute Truth, the emptiness of all phenomena.  She is in some senses an analogue of Prajnaparamita.

Samantabhadri painting by Paola Minelli.