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Mandala: Body Mandala Main Page

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- Body Mandala Explanation (below)
- Buddhist Body Mandala
- Bon Body Mandala
- Shaiva/Shakta (Hindu) Body Mandala
- Body ‘Parts’ Mandala: Vajrabhairava & Eight Vetali Mandala
- Pitha Locations
- Yantra Yoga Main Page
- Masterworks
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- Others...

Body Mandalas, also referred to as 'internal body mandalas, are based on the physical human body, the nervous system, veins, arteries, spine and principal joints of the body. All of these grouped physical parts of the body are visualized (imagined) to be major and minor deities. Body Mandala theory and practice is found with many of the religious and spiritual movements in Asia such as the Shaiva, Shakta, Tantric Buddhism, Bon and Taoist religions.

In Tantric Buddhism body mandalas are taught in the major Anuttarayoga systems of practice such as the Chakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja and Hevajra Tantras. Each of these Tantras have similar, but often differing, explanations for naming the individual deities, and describing and explaining the location, meaning, and function of the internal body mandala.

Body Mandalas belong to the category of Mandala-like Circular Forms.

Jeff Watt 8-2011 [updated 6-2017]