Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Tetrahedron (dharmakara/dharmadayo) Main Page

Mandala: Iconography | Abstract Concepts in Art

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Tetrahedron Description (below)
- Sacred Geometry: Part 1
- Sacred Geometry: Part 2
- Single Tetrahedron
- Double Tetrahedron
- Black Hayagriva
- Vajrabhairava Mandala
- Vajrayogini
- Tetrahedron & Triangle Shaped Mandalas (Nyingma)
- Masterworks
- Svastika - Bliss Whorl Confusion
- Confusions: Fire Pot (Agni), Tara Burning Suffering
- Others...

The images below are only a selection of depictions illustrating the uses of the tetrahedron in Tantric Buddhist art. For more information see the short article Sacred Geometry: Part 2.

The painting of Vajrayogini Tinuma depicts a secondary figure of one of the Twenty-one Taras of the Suryagupta tradition holding a fire pot in the shape of a tetrahedron as does the god Agni (a secondary figure in the Mandala of medicine Buddha).

Jeff Watt 5-2014 [updated 2-2020]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).