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Mandala: Main Page

Mandala Main Page | Mandala Resource Page

Database Search: All Mandalas

Mandala Resource Pages:
- Mandala Definition (Below)
- Mandala Types Glossary List
- Mandala Technical Glossary
- Mandala Resource Page Outline
- Mandala Annotation Page
- Introduction to Mandalas (Based on an RMA exhibition)

Mandala Examples:
- Early Mandalas (1100-1399)
- Hevajra Mandala Elements
- Hevajra Mandala Visual Model
- Chakrasamvara Mandala Elements
- Yama Dharmaraja Symbol Mandala
- Yama Dharmaraja Mandala Elements

Mandala Pages - Subjects & Topics:
- What are Mandalas? Outline Page
- Mandala: Art Topics & Types Outline
- Mandala: Textual Sets & Traditions Outline
- 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
- The Structural Iconography of Buddhist Mandalas
- Mandala Sets & Traditions Outline
- Mandalas (Backs of Paintings)
- Tibetan Mandalas of the Tantra-Samuccaya
- Tibetan Mandalas of the Vajravali
- Gyantse Dzong Mandala Room
- Tetrahedron Mandalas (Rinchen Terdzo)
- External Resource Links
- Others...

Mandala Painting Composition Types:
- Mandalas Per Composition
- Peaceful & Wrathful Circle Mandalas

Religious Tradition Mandalas: | Nyingma | Sakya | Kagyu | Jonang | Gelug | Bon

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 environment, 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.

Jeff Watt 3-2002 [updated 8-2016]