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The Mandala: Tantric Symbol of Integration

by Sangharakshita

The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) frequently refer to mandalas, circles of symbolic forms. Sangharakshita describes the mandala of the five Buddhas, its use as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration, and the meaning of its sexual symbolism.

Talk given in 1967.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology.

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1. Two modes of comunication (4:38) 
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2. Tantras (8:14) 
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3. Features of a mandala (6:44) 
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4. Vairochana (6:07) 
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5. Akshobya (3:42) 
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6. Ratnasambhava (4:26) 
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7. Amitabha (5:32) 
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8. Amoghasiddhi (6:13) 
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9. The mandala unifies disintegration (7:28) 
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10. The mandala as symbol for Enlightenment (4:21) 
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11. The centre and circumference of the mandala (5:16) 
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12. The cremation ground as 'vijnana' (3:05) 
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13. Guardians of the Gates (1:59) 
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14. Sexual symbolism of the tantras (4:56) 
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15. The mandala as means of integration (5:40) 


Total running time: 1:18:21

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