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Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism [Hardcover]

Martin Brauen
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Tantric Buddhism views the mandala as an allegory and symbol of man's relationship with the cosmos and uses it in meditation that is to lead to enlightenment. Numerous digital models of the mandala describe it structurally and elucidate this complex form of Tantric practice in understandable terms. This book by Martin Brauen is the updated new edition of the 1992 publication, which has long been out of print but is regarded as one of the most comprehensive works on the mandala. The present publication contains texts, illustrations and tables that provide manifold approaches to and interpretations of this sacred symbol.

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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Arnoldsche (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3897903059
  • ISBN-13: 978-3897903050
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 23.3 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,323,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brauen's book is one of the clearest and most lucid expositions of mandala theory and practice to appear in recent years. As such, it is destined to become a classic both in the classroom and in the public reader's library." Prof. Frank Korom, Boston University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just excellent book 1 Nov 2012
By ika
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It is a great source of mandalas background with marvellous illustrations. I just love this book. The Czech version (I am Slovak) was sold out for good, so I paid a bit more to get the English version, but it was worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mandala is not a psychic diagram! 1 July 1999
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Martin Brauen's The Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism, translated from the German by Martin Wilson . There have been 3 or 4 other books on the subject to my knowledge, but this is by far the most extensive. Prefaced by remarks from H.H. Dalai Lama and focussing mainly on the Kalachakra tradition, it gives examples from other teachings, too. It provides a complete explanation of the mandala in tangka form, in architectural structures such as various stupas and monasteries, as well as the mandala offered in preliminary tantric practice. Besides scroll paintings and the familiar sand-painting forms, we see a delightful 3-dimensional zhi kro carved model among the many beautiful photographs and illustrations. Brauen reveals in detail the Buddhist cosmogony and Hindu mythology that is the foundation for mandalas and the deities that dwell in them.
An extensive researcher with profound understanding, the jacket reveals that Professor Brauen, who is chairman of the Department of Tibet, Himalayas and Far East at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich, Switzerland is currently working on a computer animation of the Kalachakra cosmos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 5 April 2010
By Harriet Sneakers - Published on Amazon.com
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bought the book sight unseen- didn't know if there would be enough full color repros. The book is beautiful-- very good quality repros, and very many of them. Good text explaining the mandalas. I needed this to show this book to students in place of going to a museum to view mandalas in person, and I think the book will definitley work. It's a beautiful book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing collection of mandalas 16 Jan 2011
By Photography lover - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this for my mother and she absolutely LOVES it. The book is very beautifully photographed and the details are perfect.
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