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Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment

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The mandala appears in many forms - painted, made of sand, modelled three-dimensionally or constructed completely in the mind of the meditator. This volume presents the art and philosophy of the intriguing design in 100 examples, including the Copper Palace of Padmasambhava from Bhutan, a painted and gilded star mandala from Japan and the Kalachakra Father-Mother from Tibe ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1997 by Thames & Hudson
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Marsha Altman
Aug 16, 2014 Marsha Altman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lot of photographs of art with explanations in here, but the explanations are a bit on the esoteric side, and expect either you know a lot about Buddhism and the protective deities depicted or you learn more quickly than the text allows you to. The best part was possibly the appendix, which went into detail about how a sand mandala is created and included excerpts from other books about mandalas.
Marsha Altman
Aug 16, 2014 Marsha Altman rated it really liked it
Shelves: tibet, art
Not entirely comprehensible, but good art.
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