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Hayagriva Yantra - Added

July 17, 2013 ·

The yantra diagrams of Hayagriva are generally used for over coming specific obstacles or for protection. The first of the two principal styles of Hayagriva yantra are [1] a circular chart with inscriptions super imposed over the central torso of an image of the deity. The second [2] style is of a depiction of the head and upper body of the deity and the lower body in the shape of a 'kila' peg. The lower 'kila' body contains specified written mantra inscriptions. These are often supplemented with special requests.

Yantras such as these, drawn or printed on paper, can often be found placed on the outside of a dwelling either above or to the side of a main entrance door. The yantra can be commissioned as a painting on cloth, drawn by hand, or reproduced from a wood block carving.

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Yantra of People - Added

April 14, 2013 ·

Yantra of People are generally used for various types of protection. The most common yantra is that of Jatson Nyingpo (1585-1656) a famous 'treasure revealer' of the Nyingma Terma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He studied both Nyingma and Sarma traditions and was a prolific writer with over 300 texts to his name.

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Yantras of Letters & Combinations - Added

April 14, 2013 ·

Yantra have a very wide range of purposes such as healing, matchmaking, acquisition of wealth, protection and the disposal of enemies and obstacles. Yantras of just a few letters and combinations of letters and words are the most difficult type of yantra when attempting to determine the intended meaning. There are Sanskrit and Tibetan language published collections of yantra which explain how to draw them and their intended use, astrologically auspicious day for creation, and so on.

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Circular Yantras - Added

April 14, 2013 ·

Yantra diagrams are very often in circular shapes, sometimes with a blank space at the center for writing in a personal note or instruction. They can be very simple in design or extremely complex with multiple circles and designs.

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Deity Yantra - Added

April 14, 2013 ·

All of the most popular Tantric deities have instructions for creating a yantra diagram, deity yantra. Some of those deities are depicted with the diagram at the center of the body, or extending downwards with the inscriptions in a kila shape.

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Bon Block Prints & Yantra - Added

April 14, 2013 ·

A gallery of block print images and yantras of the Bon religion has been added. They look almost indistinguishable from the Buddhist yantra. The differences are found in the inscriptions.

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Blockprints: Scorpion Protection Yantra

April 13, 2013 ·

Yantra of various types are found throughout Tantric literature and the supplementary practices. The Scorpion Yantra is generally associated with the practices of Guru Dragpo, a wrathful form of Padmasambhava, who holds the creature in the outstretched left hand. Each of the examples in this gallery have mantra inscriptions identifying the yantra with Guru Dragpo. A number of other fierce Nyingma deities have the scorpion as a servant or messenger figure. A very good example is Black Hayagriva.

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Blockprints: Tantric Effigies 'Linga'

April 13, 2013 ·

Drawings or blockprints of Tantric Effigies known as 'linga' are part of the Vajrayana Buddhist arsenal of weapons against obstacles, enemies, demons and spirits. There is an almost endless variety of configurations and creative designs. The drawings, originating in an Indian cultural context, generally belong under the broader classification of Yantra.

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