Finding oneself in the mandala. Article. 1990

Includes a Tibetan Buddhist account of the origin of the first mandala of the wrathful forms of the Buddha. The story of Matram Rudra.

A Paper presented by James Low at The Champernowne Trust Annual Summer Course: “Living the Symbolic Life”, Cumberland Lodge 1990.

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‘Mandala” is a term that Jung has done much to popularise in the West. However his view is in some ways at odds with the original Asian notion and I would like to explore these differences a little here.
What then is a mandala? It can be an image, an experience, a process and a world apart. Let’s explore it in that order.