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Introduction to Buiddhism

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    The Mandala is a symbol which represents cosmic forces.   It is used as a meditation aid to visualize the path to enlightenment. Although there are many types of Mandalas'  most of them share some basic principles. Buddha is usually represented in the center of the Mandala and is located in the drawing by the number 1. The central portion of the Mandala is usually represented as a square divided diagonally into four triangular sections. Each of these four sections is associated with a cardinal or compass direction. Each triangular section is assigned to a transcendental Buddha is represented in the drawing by the number 2. Position 3 is associated with the Bodhisatvas. Position 4 is associated with the earthly Buddha which invites humans to enter into the Mandala. Position 5 is assigned to us virtual guardians of the inner sanctum. Which is identified by a lowercase a in the drawing. Number 6 identifies the position of the arched entrances. A person seeking enlightenment is attracted by the voice of the earthly Buddha and must first pass through the red ring of fire, the purple ring of vajra, and the orange ring of Lotus which is located around the periphery of the Mandala.

    Mandala's are usually created out of colored sand and used as an object to meditate upon. In most cases it may take several days or possibly weeks to complete a Mandala. Mandala's can be used for many purposes and after the Mandala has served its purpose it is destroyed. The destruction of the Mandala is symbolic of the impermanence of life.


Small Mandala

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