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Charts: Yantra Diagrams Main Page

Yantra Masterworks

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Types of Yantras (below)
- Religious Traditions:
--- Hindu Yantras
--- Buddhist Yantras
--- Bon Yantras
- Blockprints (N.D. Archive)
- Svarodaya Manuscript
- Magical Scripts
- Charts Main Page
- Wood blocks
- Confusions: Yantra Yoga, Letter Mandalas
- Others...

- Yantra Diagrams
- Yantra Publications (book review)
- Secret Visions of the Fifth Dalai Lama (Book review)

Types of Yantras:
- Types of Yantras:
--- Circular Yantra
--- Deity Yantra
--- Letters & Combinations Yantra
--- Linga Effigy Yantra
--- Yantra of People
--- Yantra (Field Museum)
--- Scorpion Symbolism Yantra

Yantra diagrams (Sanskrit: यन्त्र) are a ritual object belonging to the classification of Charts. The are often created from carved blocks resulting in 'block prints.' Yantras can also be drawn by hand or painted with a brush. Yantras serve different ritual purposes that generally involve accompanying rituals to attract good fortune or to avert obstacles and misfortune.

Jeff Watt [updated 5-2017]


Tibetan Tantric Charms and Amulets, by Nik Douglas (From Original Woodblocks, 230 Plates with Descriptions and Meanings). Dover Publications: 1978, ISBN: 0486422100. (Book review video).

Tibetan Amulets. Tadeusz Skorupski. White Orchid Press, 1983. (Book review video).

Secret Visions of the Fifth Dalai Lama: The Gold Manuscript in the Fournier Collection. Samten Karmay. (Serindia Publications, 1988. Paperback 1999). (Book review video).

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