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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 51. What is a Mandala?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40790


The mandala is first and foremost a ritual tool. In its simplest form, it consists of a square space marked by protective features and a circle of deities within it. The ground marks a purified space to which deities can be invited during the ritual.

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  • Christian Luczanits ( - cluczanits) 'SOAS'