Tathagatamandala, Tathagata-mandala, Tathāgatamaṇḍala: 1 definition



Tathagatamandala means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Tathāgatamaṇḍala (तथागतमण्डल) refers to the “magic circle of the five Dhyāni Buddhas”, according to Guhyasamāja.—The Guhyasamāja opens in a grandiloquent style with the description of a monster assembly of gods, Tathāgatas, Bodhisattvas, Śaktis, and various other divine beings. The Tathāgatas present in the Assembly requested the Lord Bodhicittavajra to define the Tathāgatamaṇḍala or the magic circle of the five Dhyāni Buddhas and in response to their request, the Lord sat in a special Samādhi (meditation) called the Jñānapradīpa (lamp of knowledge), [...]

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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