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In Dharma Bums, Japhy Ryder teaches Ray Smith the Tibetan art of yab-yum—he sits in lotus position while a girl named Princess straddles his lap.
In Tibetan, the terms for the couple are yab-yum, meaning "father" and "mother."
The misunderstanding comes from seeing Buddha-figures as couples in union and incorrectly translating the Tibetan words for the couple, yab-yum, as male and female.
The Tibetan word for the couple, yab-yum, means "father and mother."
We may note that, as a father and mother in union – the meaning of the Tibetan term yab-yum – Kalachakra and Vishvamata symbolize the union of method and wisdom necessary for giving birth to Buddhahood.
Masters now rises to the occasion for yet a fourth chapter in which a "government - issue Egg" becomes the setting for a "yab-yum ceremony of searing obscenity."
His slim hips seemed to fade away from there, which made no sense at all atop his tree-trunk legs, yet there he was: cool and hot, chiseled and cuddly, firm and gentle, sweet and severe, perfectly proportioned like a 1940s cartoon of a he-man: he was my yab-yum, my juicy Lucy, my holy heavenly hunk-o’-honey, and I was the man he loved.
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