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Skt., mandala
circle, sphere
Tib., dkyil-'khor
  1. A concentric diagram, painting, or drawing used in Tantric rituals to focus consciousness on both cosmic and individual/psychic energies. Such symbolic representations of cosmic forces (often as deities) are sometimes expressed in three-dimensional form, for example in the architecture of temples.
  2. Similar to chakra, the term is used as well to indicate a ritual circle of devotees gathered for worship.
See also Bardo Mandala