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Guhyasamaja Mandala གསང་འདུས་སྒྲུབ་མཆོད་ཆེན་མོ་།

Guhyasamaja Mandala གསང་འདུས་སྒྲུབ་མཆོད་ཆེན་མོ་།

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Guhyasamaja Mandala
The mandala, usually constructed from coloured sand particles on a horizontal base, depicts the residence of the 32 deities, of whom the principal figure is Buddha Akshobya in the form of Guhyasamaja. The other deities are all different appearances of the central deity manifesting in varying forms. Although depicted here on a flat surface, like an architect’s plan, the mandala is actually a three-dimensional “divine mansion”.

Every aspect of the mandala has meaning; nothing is arbitrary or superfluous. The mansion is square with four walls, each wall having a doorway in the middle. The entire mandala rests upon a green lotus, around which can be seen a border of 64 lotus petals. A fence of protective vajras surrounds this border.

The outermost fence is of coloured flames, representing the fire of wisdom. Inside the square mansion, the centre of the circle and four directions represent the five Buddhas who correspond to the five psycho-physical aggregates or components of a human being, and who purify impure states of mind; in the blue centre, Akshobya purifies anger into the wisdom of reality, to the white Eastern direction, Vairochana purifies ignorance into mirror-like wisdom, in the yellow Southern direction, Ratnasambhava purifies pride and greed into the wisdom of equality; in the red West, Amitabha transforms craving and attachment into analytical wisdom; and in the North, Amogasiddhi turns jealousy into all-accomplishing wisdom.

It is thought to establish a positive connection with this profound Buddhist Tantra, and to sow positive seeds upon the mind stream of the observer which will ripen beneficially in the future as the events of our world system manifest as predicted in the Buddhist teachings.
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