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Symbolism of the Mandala


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Gala Rinpoche, of the visiting Drepung Loseling Buddhist Monks, discusses the sand mandala as a sacred cosmogram used as an object of comtemplation.

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Symbolism of the Mandala

  1. 1. Welcome
  2. 2. MANDALA <ul><li>Symbolism of Mandala </li></ul>
  3. 3. Conflict Resolution Buddha
  4. 4. Healing Mandala of Medicine Buddha
  5. 5. The Symbolism of the Mandala The Mandala of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion
  6. 6. What is a Mandala? <ul><li>kyil-khor : </li></ul><ul><li>the center and </li></ul><ul><li>the surrounding </li></ul>Realm of Form Realm of Desire Earth Disc Water Disc Air Disc Ether/Space East Formless Realm Fire Disc
  7. 7. <ul><li>man-del : </li></ul><ul><li>the world system </li></ul><ul><li>in a glorified form </li></ul>Other Meanings of Mandala
  8. 8. <ul><li>nyi-kyil, da-kyil : </li></ul><ul><li>sun and moon </li></ul><ul><li>mandalas </li></ul>Other Meanings of Mandala
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Principal Deity, </li></ul><ul><li>its Mansion </li></ul><ul><li>and Retinue </li></ul><ul><li>Deities </li></ul>Other Meanings of Mandala
  10. 10. Mandala on Canvas Types of Mandala
  11. 11. Mandala of Colored Sand Types of Mandala
  12. 12. Types of Mandala Three- Dimensional Mandala
  13. 13. Types of Mandala Body Mandala
  14. 15. Digital Mandala Types of Mandala
  15. 18. <ul><li>The </li></ul><ul><li>Divine Core </li></ul><ul><li>and its </li></ul><ul><li>Elaboration </li></ul><ul><li>and Extension </li></ul>Meaning of Mandala in Tantra
  16. 19. The Central Core of the Mandala: the Dhamakaya, or Truth Body
  17. 20. <ul><li>Vajra / Dorje : </li></ul><ul><li>Indestructible, </li></ul><ul><li>Indivisible </li></ul>Representations of the Core: Symbols Indivisible Bliss and Wisdom Primordial Indivisible Energy and Mind
  18. 21. Representations of the Core: Seed Syllables
  19. 22. Representations of the Core: Deities
  20. 23. Mandala Deities Tara, mother of all the Buddhas
  21. 24. Mandala Deities Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom
  22. 25. Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion Mandala Deities
  23. 26. Vajrapani, the Buddha of Power Mandala Deities
  24. 27. Chojung = Dharmodya = Womb of Creation <ul><li>Symbolizing the three doors to liberation: </li></ul><ul><li>Entitylessness </li></ul><ul><li>Signlessness </li></ul><ul><li>Aspirationlessness </li></ul>
  25. 28. Crossed Vajra
  26. 29. This Entire Residence Mandala rests on the Crossed Vajra
  27. 30. The Five-Layered, Five-Colored Walls of the Mansion Represent The Five Wisdoms
  28. 31. The 5 Wisdom Family Buddha
  29. 32. <ul><li>Five Wisdom Buddha and their Color </li></ul>
  30. 33. Vairochana, Illuminating
  31. 34. Akshobhya Unshakable
  32. 35. Ratnasambhava Jewel-Born
  33. 36. Amitabha Infinite Light
  34. 37. Amogasiddhi Conqueror
  35. 44. Five Activities of Enlightenment Represented by Five Colors
  36. 45. Five Buddha Families as the Purified Aspects of Five Aggregates
  37. 46. Ped-khor : The Lotus Circle
  38. 47. Dorje-gur dang Me-ri The Vajra Tent and the Wisdom Flames
  39. 48. Other Meanings of Mandala: Nyingpo Lenpa , Extracting the Essence The mandala is a road map leading us to discover our divine, authentic core, or essence.
  40. 49. Steps for Training on the Path to Discovering the Core: <ul><li>• Common Paths </li></ul><ul><li>• Unique Tantric Paths </li></ul>
  41. 50. <ul><li>The Mind of Renunciation </li></ul><ul><li>Bodhichitta </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect View of Reality </li></ul>Training in the Common Paths: The Three Principal Aspects
  42. 51. Training in the Unique Tantric Paths <ul><li>Receiving </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>into the Mandala </li></ul>Computer-Generated Mandala of Vajrabhairava courtesy of the Cornell University Computer Graphics Program
  43. 52. Generation Stage Yoga: The Path of Visualization <ul><li>Activities as the four enlightened activities of pacification, enhancement, power and wrath. </li></ul>Cultivating four pure visions and concepts to bring about four pure perspectives: <ul><li>Environment as the mandala; </li></ul><ul><li>Resources as a manifestation of the blissful wisdom of emptiness; and </li></ul><ul><li>Body as a deity; </li></ul>
  44. 53. Completion Stage Yoga: The Path Beyond Elaboration <ul><li>Vajra recitation </li></ul><ul><li>Prana yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Clear light mind </li></ul><ul><li>Illusory body </li></ul><ul><li>Union </li></ul>
  45. 54. Created by Ben Trumbore, Dr. Donald P. Greenberg, Pema Losang Chogyen, Paul Wanuga, Jim Ferwerda and Tim O'Connor of the Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics. Animated, Computer-Generated Mandala of Vajrabhairava
  46. 57. Thank You!