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Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism
By: Brauen, Martin

Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism

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Author: Brauen, Martin
ISBN: 9783897903050

Product Code: 3692

The mandala is the foremost symbol and allegory in Tantric Buddhism for man's relationship to the cosmos. For the Tantric practitioner, mandalas serve as supports for meditation, for visualization and, ultimately, for the attainment of Buddhahood. They take a variety of forms, from simple geometric diagrams to more elaborate paintings on cloth, complicated patterns of coloured powder and large three-dimensional carved structures.
After introducing the basic theory and practice of mandalas, Martin Brauen describes the main Tantric Buddhist worldview with the aid computer-generated modles. To provide a deeper understanding of the mandala's function, the rich and sacred symbolism of the famous Kalacakra mandala, in its various stages, is then explained in great detail. Western interest in the philosophic, religious and psychological aspects of the mandala are presented, not with the intention of transmitting incontrovertible truths, but as a means for readers to develop their own understanding of the Tantric worldview.

The Mandala, Martin Brauen, 262 pages, $70.00

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