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Entering the Mandala

by Garava

A very interesting introduction to the mandala here from Garava - the idea, the myth, the image, the symbol, the experience. His own practice as an artist affords him a respectful and generous perspective, from which we are able to simply sit back and learn.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2001

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1. Entering the Mandala; embarking on an inner journey; letting go of the past; preparation for the journey (4:27) 
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2. Defining a mandala; mandala as a depiction of a perfected universe, a vision of enlightenment and transformation (4:13) 
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3. Sanskrit etymology of the word mandala; humans as mandalas; the mundane versus the enlightened center of the mandala (5:14) 
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4. Beginning the journey and entering sacred space; shrine room as example of sacred space and mandala, safe and secure (5:02) 
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5. The first barrier - the wall of flames; the necessity of faith; transformative flame, purifying and purging ignorance (6:50) 
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6. The second barrier - the wall of vajras; the necessity of determination for enlightenment; trials of the spirit (6:31) 
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7. The eight great cremation grounds; confronting and seeking out death; casting off ego; the necessity of resolve (7:44) 
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8. Choosing release or rebirth - seizing the chance for liberation; transformation through experience of death (5:50) 
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9. The last barrier - the wall of lotuses; the center of the mandala; the blossoming lotus of the enlightened mind (3:42) 


Total running time: 49:33