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Mandala Main Page | Mandala Resource Page | Mandala Art Topics Outline | Mandala Sets & Traditions Outline | What Are Mandalas? (Outline) | Mandala-like Circular Forms Outline | Yantra Diagrams | Gyantse Dzong Mandala Room | Tetrahedron Mandalas (Rinchen Terdzo) | Mandala Technical Glossary |

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Mandala, Deity Mandala (Tib. dkyil 'kor ): a circular diagram, highly technical and precise, representing an idealized Tantric Buddhist, Hindu or Bon Meditational Deity and surrounding idealized universe, the container and contained, animate and inanimate. Mandalas are painted on cloth, on the ceilings of temples, as murals, fashioned from metal, wood or stone, textiles and sometimes from coloured thread and also meticulously created from coloured sand.

Mandala Offering: a symbolic offering of the entire universe made by Buddhist practitioners and presented to the religious teachers, Buddhas and deities, of the past and present. A specific ritual object called a mandala plate is used for this ritual although anything flat and clean is also acceptable. Mandala plates filled with rice and multi-tiered are also commonly kept on a permanent shrine. Shrine mandalas are constructed from a flat metal mandala plate and then three or four rings of metal, often engraved, embossed or repousse worked, and topped with a small replica of a heavenly palace or a Dharma wheel.

Mandala Pages:
- Mandala Resource Page Outline
- What are Mandalas? Outline Page
- Mandala: Art Topics & Types Outline
- Mandala: Textual Sets & Traditions Outline
- Introduction to Mandalas (Based on an RMA exhibition)
- Mandala-like Circular Forms Outline
- Mandalas & the Eight Siddhas
- Eight Cemeteries
- Cemeteries Outside of the Mandala
- Five Myths About Mandalas
- Five Interesting Facts About Mandalas (RMA Exhibition)
- Yantra Diagrams
- Mandala Technical Glossary
- The Structural Iconography of Buddhist Mandalas
- Tibetan Mandalas of the Tantra-Samuccaya
- Tibetan Mandalas of the Vajravali
- External Resource Links

Mandala Examples:
- Hevajra Mandala Elements
- Hevajra Mandala Visual Model
- Chakrasamvara Mandala Elements
- Yama Dharmaraja Symbol Mandala
- Yama Dharmaraja Mandala Elements

Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity): Namka Gyalpo (Gaganaraja)
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity)
Namka Gyalpo (Gaganaraja)
Hevajra (Buddhist Deity): Combined Families (Vajrapanjara Tantra)
Hevajra (Buddhist Deity)
Combined Families (Vajrapanjara Tantra)
Vajrapani (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity): (Sarvadurgati Tantra, Eight Nagas)
Vajrapani (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity)
(Sarvadurgati Tantra, Eight Nagas)
Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity): Vajravarahi, Red
Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity)
Vajravarahi, Red
Chakrasamvara (Buddhist Deity)
Chakrasamvara (Buddhist Deity)
Yamari, Rakta (Buddhist Deity): (Virupa Lineage, 5 Deity)
Yamari, Rakta (Buddhist Deity)
(Virupa Lineage, 5 Deity)
Vairochana Buddha: Sarvavid (Sarvadurgati Tantra)
Vairochana Buddha
Sarvavid (Sarvadurgati Tantra)
Medicine Buddha
Medicine Buddha
Hevajra (Buddhist Deity)
Hevajra (Buddhist Deity)
Mahakala (Buddhist Protector): Bernag Chen (Black Cloak)
Mahakala (Buddhist Protector)
Bernag Chen (Black Cloak)
Pratisara (Buddhist Deity): (Four faces, Eight Hands)
Pratisara (Buddhist Deity)
(Four faces, Eight Hands)
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity): Chaturbhuja (4 hands)
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity)
Chaturbhuja (4 hands)