A mandala is a cosmic diagram used as an aid to
meditation. This notecard set presents four stunning mandalas from
Tibet, Nepal, and Mongolia. Each is rendered on cotton in vivid pigments
that dazzle and delight.
In the center of the oldest mandala is
Vajrabhairava, also known as Yamantaka, the conqueror of Yama, God of
Death. Another mandala from Tibet features a female bodhisattva,
Sitatapatra Aparajita, a protective deity known as the invincible
goddess of the white parasol. In the Mongolian mandala, a mystic
thunderbolt diagram is set against a landscape of green mountains and
auspicious clouds. At the center of the mandala from Nepal is
Vajravarahi and her retinue within a pair of overlapping triangles. The
female (down-pointing) and male (up-pointing) principles represent
wisdom and compassion, whose union leads to enlightenment.
images on these cards are reproduced from mandalas in the collection of
the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, one of the largest museums in the
Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
- Mandala with thunderbolts, 18001900, Mongolia
- Mandala of the Buddhist deity Vajravarahi, 1869, Nepal
- Mandala of the Buddhist deity Vajrabhairava, 16001700, Ngor Monastery, Tibet
- Mandala of the Buddhist deity Sitatapatra Aparajita, 17001800, Tibet