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Mandala: Body Mandala (Buddhist)

Body Mandala Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Chakrasamvara
- Hevajra
- Masterworks
- Confusions
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- Body Mandalas
- Searching for the Body (Book Review)
- Secret Map of the Body. (Book Review)

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 different explanations for naming the individual deities, and describing and explaining the meanings and functions of the internal body mandala.

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

Jeff Watt 9-2019


Searching for the Body. A Contemporary Perspective on Tibetan Buddhist Tantra. Rae Erin Dachille. Columbia University Press, New York, 2022. (Book Review).

Secret Map of the Body. Visions of the Human Energy Structure by Gyalwa Yangonpa. Translated from Tibetan and Annotated by Elio Guarisco. Shang Shung Publications, 2015.