Mandala with Shakyamuni in 24kt gold in the center. Mandalas are psychograms, a two dimensional stupa, one enters from the outside on the ground floor through the outer ring and goes inward and up ward toward the deity at the center. One rises in psychic altitude and understanding as they approach the center, arriving at the core of understanding. Mandala means "magic circle" and originally was a cosmogram. This mandala starts one out in a dualistic nature, ether and the death of desire and passion with red hued lotus blossoms leading the way to pure thoughts and compassion. The outer ring purifies one through the burning away of ego, and illusions, going to the next ring of dorjes, this is the transition to the world of knowledge then to the spiritual realm with the circle of lotus petals and then one enters the mandala proper. Guatama also known as Shakyamuni, where in muni means great sage or wise one, therefore shakyamuni is the great sage of the shakyas. There is some damage to the upper left lotus along with other minor nicks outside of the outer flame circle.
Age: circa 1700
Material: canvas on Juniper
Dimensions: 14.12" x 14.12"
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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 04 October, 2010.