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'''mandala''' [Skt.] - (Tib. ''kyilkhor''; ''dkyil ‘khor''). Mandala can be translated literally as ‘centre and circumference‘. A mandala is generally depicted as a circle which revolves around a centre. On the simplest level, a mandala can be understood to be us, the student or practitioner, and the phenomenal world around us. The word ‘mandala’ also describes an integrated structure that is organized around a central unifying principle.
 
'''mandala''' [Skt.] - (Tib. ''kyilkhor''; ''dkyil ‘khor''). Mandala can be translated literally as ‘centre and circumference‘. A mandala is generally depicted as a circle which revolves around a centre. On the simplest level, a mandala can be understood to be us, the student or practitioner, and the phenomenal world around us. The word ‘mandala’ also describes an integrated structure that is organized around a central unifying principle.
  
It also means 1. the sacred environment and dwelling place of a [[buddha]], [[bodhisattva]] or [[deity]], which is visualized by the practitioner in tantric practice, 2. an offering of the entire universe visualized as a [[Pure Land]] with all the inhabitants as pure beings.
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*1. the sacred environment and dwelling place of a [[buddha]], [[bodhisattva]] or [[deity]], which is visualized by the practitioner in tantric practice,
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*2. an offering of the entire universe visualized as a [[Pure Land]] with all the inhabitants as pure beings.
  
 
See also [[mandala offering]].
 
See also [[mandala offering]].
  
 
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Revision as of 09:06, 21 February 2007

mandala [Skt.] - (Tib. kyilkhor; dkyil ‘khor). Mandala can be translated literally as ‘centre and circumference‘. A mandala is generally depicted as a circle which revolves around a centre. On the simplest level, a mandala can be understood to be us, the student or practitioner, and the phenomenal world around us. The word ‘mandala’ also describes an integrated structure that is organized around a central unifying principle.

It also means:

  • 1. the sacred environment and dwelling place of a buddha, bodhisattva or deity, which is visualized by the practitioner in tantric practice,
  • 2. an offering of the entire universe visualized as a Pure Land with all the inhabitants as pure beings.

See also mandala offering.