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padma norbu wrote:I got a book put out by Tibet House about mandalas which I haven't read yet, but it's kind of like a coffee table book. Tashi there said it describes all about the mandala, but after I got it I flipped through and read a little bit here and there and I don't really think it does. It has a lot of pictures of mandalas and describes the pictures, but I don't think it really explains the point of mandalas and how you meditate on them or how they really work.
There was an older, smaller book I recall seeing several years ago about mandalas that seemed to be all about the mystical meaning of mandalas and was broken down bit by bit by some author who also put out a book examining the stupa in the same psycho-spiritual kind of way, but it had an east-meets-west kind of flavor and I really didn't believe it was accurate by the looks of it or I might have bought it.
Does anyone here use mandalas for meditation that could explain a little bit? Or give links or book titles that give a thorough explanation?
padma norbu wrote:Welll, I did know that much, but I figure there's got to be more to it than that since some mandalas are just a bunch of shapes and I've seen a several versions of the same deity's mandala. Also, off the top of my head, I know that the mandala corresponds to different locations in the world and in your body and when we visualize ourselves as the deity, we should take center of the mandala. I know that the fire wall on the outside encircling the mandala is fierce protection and I believe I read something about guardians at the 4 entry points that may have something to do with death and I know that the 4 quadrants change color/position which probably has something to do with the direction the deity is facing according to that particular lineage since I know that the space, air and water elements change depending on your lineage. All of this is related to proper understanding of the mandala and this is the sort of stuff I want to learn.