Explaining Mandala of Chakrasamvara

Explaining Mandala of Chakrasamvara

Chakrasamvara is also known as the Thirteen Deity Samvarodaya Chakrasamvara.  Chakrasamvara is from the Shri Maha Sambarodaya Tantraraja.

The Esse of Chakrasamvara

In this section, we are going to learn about the ease of Chakrasamvara, after that the short etymological description of the word Chakrasamvara itself.

Etymology of Chakrasamvara

Chakrasamvara s known as khor lo dem Chog lha chu sum Gyi Kyil kor in . Chakrasamvara is one of the most popular deities in . Chakrasamvara is also known as of Supreme Bliss in English.

Earlier, we learn about the ease of Chakrasamvara. Now, we are going to learn about the of the Cakrasamvara.

 Iconography of the Chakrasamvara

In the iconography of Cakrasamvara, we will learn is posture, hand and leg gesture, and different representation of Chakrasamvara in and statue

Possture of the Chakrasamvara

Within the center of the two-dimensional circular diagram of the representing the top view of a three-dimensional celestial palace and surroundings.  The tutelary deity Chakrasamvara is blue-black in color. Chakrasamvara is with three faces and six hands.

In the first pair of hands of Chakrasamvara, there are a and crossed at the heart embracing the consort red , surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness. The style is heavily influenced by Nepali aesthetics and a strong penchant for red is typical of older and Ngorpa and wall murals.

He can appear in several dozen different , which makes it necessary to rely on the descriptive literature in the and languages to identify him. Adding to the complexity, there are more than fifty different traditions of these forms in .

They are meant to emphasize different types of practices. Meditation practices are suited for specific types of emotional and psychological characteristics in the practitioners who take on these intricate practices. The form of the subject of this painting is the Thirteen Deity Samvarodaya Chakrasamvara Mandala as described in the Sanskrit text the Shri Maha Samvarodaya Tantraraja.

Within the center of the mandala representing the view from above of a three-dimensional celestial palace and surroundings is the meditational deity. Chakrasamvarais blue in color. Chakrasamvara is with three faces and six hands.

In one first pair of hands of Chakrasamvara crossed at the heart. He holds a vajra and bell and is embracing his consort red Vajravarahi. The couple is surrounded by the red flames of pristine awareness.

Earlier, we learn about the ease of Chakrasamvara and the iconography of the Cakrasamvara. Now, we are going to learn about depicting Chakrasamvara.

Depicting Chakrasamvara Tangka

The thangka of Chakrasamvara is from Tibet. The thangka of Cakrasamvara is made between 1500 – 1599 AD. The thangka of Chakrasamvara is from Sakya, (Sakya), and . The size of the painting is 54.61×44.45cm. The base of the painting is Mineral Pigment on . Currently, this thangka is in the .

By depicting this tangka, we are going to learn about the presentation of Chakrasamvara with different deities such as Four Female Deities.

Four Female Deities

Four female figures are immediately around the central figures of the thangka. Four figures deities are  , , Khandarohe, and Rupini. In the surrounding square are four more figures along with another four standing at the T-shaped structures of the outer square. Lineage teachers are depicted in the top register and arranged around the mandala at the left and right.

Dakini

A Dakini is a tantric deity that might best be described as a female embodiment of energy. Although Dakini figures appear in and in the tradition. Dakinis are particularly prevalent in .

Especially Tibetan they are of volatile or wrathful temperament. Dakinis are energetic beings in female form, evocative of the movement of energy in . In this context, the sky or space indicates Sunyata, the insubstantiality of all phenomena which is at the same the pure potentiality for all possible manifestations.

Additionally, they act somewhat as a muse for . Dakinis being associated with energy in all its functions are linked with the revelation of the Anuttara or Higher which represent the path of transformation. Here, the energy of or kleshas called poisons is transformed into the luminous energy of enlightened awareness or gnosis yielding .

Lama

Lama is a title for a teacher of the in Tibetan Buddhism. The name is similar to the Sanskrit term and in use it is similar, but not identical to the western monastic rank of . Historically, the term was used for venerated spiritual or heads of monasteries.

Today the title can be used as an honorific title conferred. On a nun or advanced tantric practitioner to designate a level of spiritual attainment and authority to teach or maybe part of a title such as or applied to a lineage of reincarnate .

Perhaps due to misunderstandings by early western scholars attempting to understand Tibetan Buddhism. the terms lama has historically been erroneously applied to Tibetan in general. Similarly, Tibetan Buddhism was referred to as Lamaism by early western scholars and travelers who perhaps did not understand that what they were witnessing was a form of Buddhism.

They may also have been unaware of the distinction between Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. The term Lamaism is now considered by some to be derogatory. In the path of Tibetan Buddhism, the lama is often the tantric spiritual guide.

The guru to the aspiring Buddhist or . As such, the lama will then appear as one of the alongside the and protector.

Earlier, we learn about the ease of Chakrasamvara and the iconography of the Cakrasamvara. And finally, we learn about depicting Chakrasamvara.

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