Featured Topic: The Mandala

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Yamantaka Mandala
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
With an introduction to the mandala; a guide to the symbolism of the Minneapolis Institute's Yamantaka mandala, created by Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Tantric University; a step-by-step guide to the mandala's creation; plus technical details about the preservation of the mandala, a short video documentary of the mandala consecration ceremony, and background information about Tibet. Also see the ADDITIONAL RESOURCES section (below EXPLORE THE COLLECTION on the site menu) for a related teacher's guide with lessons and activities for the classroom.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/buddhism/yamantaka-mandala.cfm
Tibetan Healing Mandala
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
"In response to the September 11 tragedies, twenty Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala (sacred painting) at the Sackler gallery." With information about mandalas and how they are created and how they heal; about Tibetan Buddhism; a list of frequently asked questions about mandalas; plus time-lapse images showing the creation of the mandala over a two-week period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/mandala/default.htm
Exploring the Mandala: Symbols of the Universe
Asia Society
A background essay for teachers about mandalas: "Buddhist devotional images often deemed a diagram or symbol of an ideal universe."

Go to Museum Resource: http://asiasociety.org/countries-history/traditions/exploring-mandala
Mandala Sand Painting: Creating an Enlightened World
Asia Society
Over a 10-day period In September 2003 the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala – a sacred cosmogram – "in commemoration of September 11 and as an offering of peace and healing to the people of New York City." This archive website includes images showing day-by-day construction of the mandala, as well as the original press release describing the event, an interview with Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, founder and director of Drepung Loseling Institute, and a Teacher's Guide to the Mandala.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/mandala/index.html
Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009 exhibition on the mandalas of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. With images of 25 artworks, mostly from the 12th to the 14th century.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2009/japanese-mandalas
Mandala: The Perfect Circle
Rubin Museum of Art
In this online version of the museum's "Explore Mandalas" gallery activity, users can learn about the elements of a painted mandala while creating a beautiful design of their own.

Go to Museum Resource: http://explore-mandala.rma2.org/
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