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A picture of a very ornate design on a wall. Tibet mandala nepal.
Mandalas are Buddhist devotional images often deemed a diagram or symbol of an ideal universe. Mandalas come in many forms. Often they are painted on scrolls and taken with travelers over long distances across the Eurasian continent. Learn more about Buddhism through understanding one of its more iconic artworks.

A mandala is a symbol of the universe in its ideal form, and its creation signifies the transformation of a universe of suffering into one of joy. It can also be used as an aid to meditation, helping the meditator to envision how to achieve the perfect self.

Mandalas were created in the service of one of the world's great religions, Buddhism. They were produced in Tibet, India, Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, and Indonesia and date from the 4th century to present. Now they are created throughout the world, including New York City.

A special sand mandala painting is a gift to New York City from the Tibetan Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery as a tolken of healing and goodwill following the terrorist act against the city on September 11, 2001. The construction of the mandala begins with a ceremony in which the monks consecrate the site and call forth forces of goodness through chants, meditation, and music. Then, over the course of ten days, the monks will pour millions of grains of colored sand from traditional metal funnels (chak-purs), purifying and healing the space and its inhabitants in the process. Shortly after its completion the monks will dismantle the mandala to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists and disperse the sand in order to share its blessing.
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春日若宮曼荼羅|Mandala of Wakamiya of Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga wakamiya mandara)

春日若宮曼荼羅|Mandala of Wakamiya of Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga wakamiya mandara)

A painting of a woman sitting on a lotus flower, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Painted 17th century Tibetan 'Five Deity Mandala', in the center is Rakta Yamari (the Red Enemy of Death) embracing his consort Vajra Vetali, in the corners are the Red, Green White and Yellow Yamari

Painted 17th century Tibetan 'Five Deity Mandala', in the center is Ra...

Painted 17th century Tibetan 'Five Deity Mandala', in the center is Rakta Yamari (the Red Enemy of Death) embracing his consort Vajra Vetali, in the corners are the Red, Green White and Yellow Yamari, Rubin Museum of Art

Mandala of Chandra, God of the Moon

Mandala of Chandra, God of the Moon

Public domain reproduction of artwork, medieval, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Womb World from Mandala of the Two Worlds (Kongōkai Taizōkai mandara) (CBL J 1216.2)

Womb World from Mandala of the Two Worlds (Kongōkai Taizōkai mandara) ...

Womb World from Mandala of the Two Worlds (Kongōkai Taizōkai mandara). Hanging scroll, textile. Japan, 15th century. Chester Beatty Library J 1216.2

春日鹿曼荼羅|Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine

春日鹿曼荼羅|Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine

Public domain photo of Asian art painting, medieval, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Altar Table with Mandala of Female Tantric Enlightened Being (Vajrayogini)

Altar Table with Mandala of Female Tantric Enlightened Being (Vajrayog...

Picryl description: Public domain photo of wooden sculpture, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Center art detail, from- Ryokai Mandala Taizo (Nara National Museum) (cropped)

Center art detail, from- Ryokai Mandala Taizo (Nara National Museum) (...

Ryokai Mandala, Nara National Museum, Japan 日本語: 絹本著色両界曼荼羅図

元 緙絲 須彌山曼陀羅|Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

元 緙絲 須彌山曼陀羅|Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

Public domain photo of a rug, fabric, China, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Mandala of Jnanadakini - miniature, medieval manuscript

Mandala of Jnanadakini - miniature, medieval manuscript

Picryl description: Public domain image of a manuscript from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Nepal, late 15th century - Mandala - 1960.211 - Cleveland Museum of Art

Nepal, late 15th century - Mandala - 1960.211 - Cleveland Museum of Ar...

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Center detail, top right mandala, Tibetan, Central Tibet, Tsang, Ngor Monastery, Sakya, Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series (cropped) (cropped)

Center detail, top right mandala, Tibetan, Central Tibet, Tsang, Ngor ...

Public domain reproduction of illuminated manuscript page, medieval or early renaissance, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Hosso Mandala, Muromachi period, 1400s AD, color on silk - Tokyo Naitonal Museum - Tokyo, Japan - DSC09416

Hosso Mandala, Muromachi period, 1400s AD, color on silk - Tokyo Naito...

Exhibit in the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts - Kanazawa, Japan.

Chakrasamvara Mandala, Nepal, Kathmandu valley

Chakrasamvara Mandala, Nepal, Kathmandu valley

Public domain reproduction of artwork, classical or archaic, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Brooklyn Museum - Mandala of Vajrasattva

Brooklyn Museum - Mandala of Vajrasattva

Public domain image of watercolor painting from British-related collections, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Om Hrim Siddhi Chakra - Public domain scan / painting

Om Hrim Siddhi Chakra - Public domain scan / painting

Painting depicting Om Hrim Siddhi Chakra Mandala 18th Century Public domain photograph of 18th-century portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Zhi-Khro Bardo Thodol

Zhi-Khro Bardo Thodol

Zhi-Khro mandala, a part of the Bardo Thodol's collection, a text known in the West as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which comprises part of a group of bardo teachings held in the Nyingma (Tibetan tradition) o... More

Center, Mandala of Vasudhara LACMA M.77.19.7 (cropped)

Center, Mandala of Vasudhara LACMA M.77.19.7 (cropped)

Nepal, Dated 1495 Paintings Mineral pigments on cotton cloth From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase (M.77.19.7) South and Southeast Asian Art

Mandala of Raktayamari - Drawing. Public domain image.

Mandala of Raktayamari - Drawing. Public domain image.

Public domain reproduction of artwork, 16th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Buddhist Paradise with Golden Pagoda

Buddhist Paradise with Golden Pagoda

A picture of Buddhist Paradise with Golden Pagoda (紺紙著色金光明最勝王経金字宝塔曼荼羅図, konshichakushoku konkōmyō saishō ōkyō kinji hōtō mandarazu), one of ten hanging hanging scrolls (mandalas), 139.7 cm x 54.8 cm. Gold pain... More

Chinese Hevajra Mandala, 14th century

Chinese Hevajra Mandala, 14th century

Public domain reproduction of artwork, medieval or early renaissance, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

A picture of a very ornate design on a wall. Tibet mandala nepal.

A picture of a very ornate design on a wall. Tibet mandala nepal.

Thangka paintings, tibetan mandalas, mandalas, mandalas, mandalas / The mandala is a sacred art of the mandala of the tibetan people / Public domain art photo.

Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine - Public domain dedication. Metropolitan Museum of Art image.

Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine - Public domain dedication. Metropolitan...

Nanbokuchō period (1336–92) Public domain photograph of Japanese silk textile, design, pattern, fragment, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of beautiful silk textile, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Chinese Vajrabhairava Mandala, 14th century

Chinese Vajrabhairava Mandala, 14th century

Public domain photograph of rug, fabric, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

A picture of a painting on a wall. Mandala tibet nepal.

A picture of a painting on a wall. Mandala tibet nepal.

A mandala with a symbol of the universe / The art of the mandala / Public domain art photo.

Mandala of Mantra of Light

Mandala of Mantra of Light

中文:光明真言曼荼罗,江户时代,约17-18世纪。

Diamond World from Mandala of the Two Worlds (Kongōkai Taizōkai mandala) (CBL J 1216.1)

Diamond World from Mandala of the Two Worlds (Kongōkai Taizōkai mandal...

Diamond World from Mandala of the Two Worlds (Kongōkai Taizōkai mandara). Hanging scroll, textile. Japan, 15th century. Chester Beatty Library J 1216.1

Chakrasamvara Mandala, Nepal, Kathmandu valley

Chakrasamvara Mandala, Nepal, Kathmandu valley

Public domain photo of Asian art painting, classical or archaic, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Mandala of the Forms of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

Mandala of the Forms of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wis...

Mandala of the Forms of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom, Tibet. At center sits Manjushri, the peaceful form of Manjuvajra, a bodhisattva who cuts through ignorance. He is golden, has three fa... More

Hevajra Mandala - Google Art Project

Hevajra Mandala - Google Art Project

Google Cultural Institute Public domain photograph of 17th-century painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Mandala of the Bodhisattva Shadakshari Lokeshvara LACMA M.91.349.1

Mandala of the Bodhisattva Shadakshari Lokeshvara LACMA M.91.349.1

Tibet, 17th-18th century Drawings; watercolors Opaque watercolor and gold on wood Gift of Paul F. Walter (M.91.349.1) South and Southeast Asian Art

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Index data: 1-4, Mandala paintings prior to Peg's conscious knowledge of her cancer; 5-6, Mandala paintings just a few days before cancer was recognized and diagnosed - precognitive; 7-8, Paintings suggestive o... More

Mandala of Vasudhara LACMA M.77.19.7

Mandala of Vasudhara LACMA M.77.19.7

Nepal, Dated 1495 Paintings Mineral pigments on cotton cloth From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase (M.77.19.7) South and Southeast Asian Art

Hermitage Museum XX-2406 Usnisavijaya Mandala

Hermitage Museum XX-2406 Usnisavijaya Mandala

Usnisavijaya Mandala. Painting on panel. 108 × 130 cm. Hermitage Museum. Inventory number: ХХ-2406.

Mandala of the Great Cranial Protuberance (Nara National Museum)

Mandala of the Great Cranial Protuberance (Nara National Museum)

Mandala of the Great Cranial Protuberance, Nara National Museum 日本語: 絹本著色大仏頂曼荼羅図

Painted Banner (Thangka) of Vajrasattva Mandala, Himalayan (Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan)

Painted Banner (Thangka) of Vajrasattva Mandala, Himalayan (Nepal, Tib...

Public domain reproduction of illuminated manuscript page, medieval, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Hermitage Museum XX-2409 Samvara Mandala or Hevadjra

Hermitage Museum XX-2409 Samvara Mandala or Hevadjra

Samvara Mandala or Hevadjra. Tangka on silk. 54 × 52.5 cm. Hermitage Museum. Inventory number: ХХ-2409.

Mandala of Chandra, God of the Moon

Mandala of Chandra, God of the Moon

Public domain photo of Asian art painting, medieval, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Chinese Mandala of Raktayamari - Public domain dedication. Metropolitan Museum of Art image.

Chinese Mandala of Raktayamari - Public domain dedication. Metropolita...

Public domain photo of Asian art painting, 16th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Index data: 1-4, Mandala paintings prior to Peg's conscious knowledge of her cancer; 5-6, Mandala paintings just a few days before cancer was recognized and diagnosed - precognitive; 7-8, Paintings suggestive o... More

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Index data: 1-4, Mandala paintings prior to Peg's conscious knowledge of her cancer; 5-6, Mandala paintings just a few days before cancer was recognized and diagnosed - precognitive; 7-8, Paintings suggestive o... More

Hermitage Museum XX-2408 Samvara Mandala

Hermitage Museum XX-2408 Samvara Mandala

Samvara Mandala. Tangka on canvas. 78 × 65 cm. Hermitage Museum. Inventory number: ХХ-2408.

Nine-deity Mandala of Two-armed Hevajra - Google Art Project

Nine-deity Mandala of Two-armed Hevajra - Google Art Project

Google Cultural Institute Public domain photograph of 15th-century art, medieval or early renaissance, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Kongokai Mandala (Senkoji Tonami)

Kongokai Mandala (Senkoji Tonami)

Mandala of the Two Realms (Kongokai), Senkoji, Tonami, Toyama, Japan 日本語: 絹本著色両界曼荼羅図 金剛界曼荼羅図

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Index data: 1-4, Mandala paintings prior to Peg's conscious knowledge of her cancer; 5-6, Mandala paintings just a few days before cancer was recognized and diagnosed - precognitive; 7-8, Paintings suggestive o... More

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Index data: 1-4, Mandala paintings prior to Peg's conscious knowledge of her cancer; 5-6, Mandala paintings just a few days before cancer was recognized and diagnosed - precognitive; 7-8, Paintings suggestive o... More

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Index data: 1-4, Mandala paintings prior to Peg's conscious knowledge of her cancer; 5-6, Mandala paintings just a few days before cancer was recognized and diagnosed - precognitive; 7-8, Paintings suggestive o... More

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Peggy Staley and mandala art book, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Index data: 1-4, Mandala paintings prior to Peg's conscious knowledge of her cancer; 5-6, Mandala paintings just a few days before cancer was recognized and diagnosed - precognitive; 7-8, Paintings suggestive o... More

鞍馬山曼荼羅・毘沙門天三尊像図|Mount Kurama Mandala: Bishamonten Triad

鞍馬山曼荼羅・毘沙門天三尊像図|Mount Kurama Mandala: Bishamonten Triad

Public domain photo of a golden object, medieval or early renaissance, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Hermitage Museum XX-2407 Usnisavijaya Mandala

Hermitage Museum XX-2407 Usnisavijaya Mandala

Usnisavijaya Mandala. Painting on panel. 111 × 131 cm. Hermitage Museum. Inventory number: ХХ-2407.

Mandala of the Forms of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

Mandala of the Forms of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wis...

Public domain reproduction of artwork, medieval, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Hevajra Mandala -back

Hevajra Mandala -back

18th century; pigments on cloth Rubin Museum of Art C2002.22.1HAR65115

Ryokai Mandala Taizo (Nara National Museum)

Ryokai Mandala Taizo (Nara National Museum)

Ryokai Mandala, Nara National Museum, Japan 日本語: 絹本著色両界曼荼羅図

Chinese Base for a Mandala, Ming dynasty

Chinese Base for a Mandala, Ming dynasty

Public domain photograph of Asain artwork, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Altar Table with Mandala of Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life

Altar Table with Mandala of Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life

Public domain image of watercolor painting from British-related collections, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Hermitage Museum XX-2403 Vaisravana Mandala

Hermitage Museum XX-2403 Vaisravana Mandala

Vaisravana Mandala. Tangka on canvas. 31 × 21 cm. Hermitage Museum. Inventory number: ХХ-2403.

Adhaidvipa - A decorative tapestry with a circular design on it

Adhaidvipa - A decorative tapestry with a circular design on it

Adhaidvipa or Two and a Half Continents as per Jain cosmology. 1810 CE cloth painting from Gujarat.

Bhutanese painted complete mandala, 19th century, Seula Gonpa, Punakha, Bhutan

Bhutanese painted complete mandala, 19th century, Seula Gonpa, Punakha...

Bhutanese painted complete mandala, 19th century, Seula Gonpa, Punakha, Bhutan Public domain photograph of 19th-century portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Ryokai Mandala Kongo (Nara National Museum)

Ryokai Mandala Kongo (Nara National Museum)

Ryokai Mandala, Nara National Museum, Japan 日本語: 絹本著色両界曼荼羅図

Anonymous - Painted Banner (Thangka) of Vajrasattva Mandala - 1984.1342 - Art Institute of Chicago

Anonymous - Painted Banner (Thangka) of Vajrasattva Mandala - 1984.134...

Public domain photograph of 15th-century painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of 14th-century painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions im... More

Mandala of Monju Bosatsu, hanging scroll, Japanese art

Mandala of Monju Bosatsu, hanging scroll, Japanese art

Public domain photo of Japanese scroll painting, classical or archaic, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

当麻曼荼羅|Taima Mandala - Public domain photo of museum object

当麻曼荼羅|Taima Mandala - Public domain photo of museum object

Public domain photo of a golden object, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Vasudhara Mandala, Buddhist painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vasudhara Mandala, Buddhist painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Public domain photo of Asian art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

当麻曼荼羅図|Taima Mandala - Public domain dedication. Metropolitan Museum of Art image.

当麻曼荼羅図|Taima Mandala - Public domain dedication. Metropolitan Museum o...

Public domain photo of a rug, fabric, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Thirteen Buddhist Deities, Japan, Nambokucho-Muromachi period, c. 1336-1568, ink, color, gold on silk - Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon - Eugene, Oregon - DSC09367

Thirteen Buddhist Deities, Japan, Nambokucho-Muromachi period, c. 1336...

Exhibit in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon - Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Buddha in lotus detail, Mandala of the Two Realms (Kyōōgokoku-ji) 9th-century painting of Japan (cropped)

Buddha in lotus detail, Mandala of the Two Realms (Kyōōgokoku-ji) 9th-...

Womb Realm (garbhakosa-dhatu or taizōkai) mandala. Shingon tantric buddhist school, Heian period (794-1185), Tō-ji, Kyōto, Japan. National Treasure.

Mandala of Vasudhara LACMA M.77.19.7 (cropped)

Mandala of Vasudhara LACMA M.77.19.7 (cropped)

Nepal, Dated 1495 Paintings Mineral pigments on cotton cloth From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase (M.77.19.7) South and Southeast Asian Art

Taima Mandala, hanging scroll, Japanese art

Taima Mandala, hanging scroll, Japanese art

Public domain reproduction of artwork, 3d object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Hermitage Museum XX-2383 Mandala of an Unsurvived Deity with the Depiction of Dhrtarashtra (fragment)

Hermitage Museum XX-2383 Mandala of an Unsurvived Deity with the Depic...

Mandala of an Unsurvived Deity with the Depiction of Dhrtarashtra (fragment). Tangka on canvas (with border). 26 × 17 cm; 29 × 46 cm. Hermitage Museum. Inventory number: ХХ-2383.

Iwashimizu Mandala (Shoboji Yawata)

Iwashimizu Mandala (Shoboji Yawata)

Iwashimizu Mandala, Shoboji, Yawata, Kyoto, Japan 日本語: 絹本著色石清水曼荼羅図

Medicine Buddha painted mandala with goddess Prajnaparamita in center, 19th century, Rubin

Medicine Buddha painted mandala with goddess Prajnaparamita in center,...

Painted Medicine Buddha mandala with goddess Prajnaparamita in center, 19th century, Rubin Museum of Art.

Sonsho Mandala (Nara National Museum)

Sonsho Mandala (Nara National Museum)

Sonsho Mandala, Nara National Museum, Japan 日本語: 絹本著色尊勝曼荼羅図

文殊菩薩曼荼羅図|Mandala of Monju Bosatsu

文殊菩薩曼荼羅図|Mandala of Monju Bosatsu

Public domain photo of Asian art painting, classical or archaic, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

熊野曼茶羅圖|Kumano Shrine Mandala - Public domain photo of museum object

熊野曼茶羅圖|Kumano Shrine Mandala - Public domain photo of museum object

Public domain photo of a golden object, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

当麻曼荼羅図|Taima Mandala - Public domain photo of museum object

当麻曼荼羅図|Taima Mandala - Public domain photo of museum object

A painting of a buddha in a painting, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Coatlique Mandala - A mosaic table with a sun in the center

Coatlique Mandala - A mosaic table with a sun in the center

Coatlique Mandala Public domain image related to the State of California, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Diamond World Mandala - Google Art Project

Diamond World Mandala - Google Art Project

Public domain photograph of rug, textile, pattern design, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Kichijoten, the Goddess of Good Fortune

Kichijoten, the Goddess of Good Fortune

Picryl description: Public domain photo of Japanese scroll painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Vajrabhairava Mandala of Yuan dynasty, ca. 1330–32

Vajrabhairava Mandala of Yuan dynasty, ca. 1330–32

Vajrabhairava Mandala of Yuan dynasty, ca. 1330–32 中文:元 緙織帝后曼荼羅

Lotus Sutra Mandala, Kamakura period, 13th century, gold on purple silk

Lotus Sutra Mandala, Kamakura period, 13th century, gold on purple sil...

Lotus Sutra Mandala, Kamakura period, 13th century, gold on purple silk, Tokyo National Museum

Tibetan, Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series, c. 1429–56, Central Tibet, Tsang (Ngor Monastery), Sakya order, Thangka

Tibetan, Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series, c. 1429–56, Central Ti...

Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Series, c. 1429–56, Central Tibet, Tsang (Ngor Monastery), Sakya order, Thangka, gouache on cotton, Kimbell Art Museum

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

Chinese K'o-ssu depicting w:Mount Meru. Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). Silk tapestry (kesi), 33 x 33 in. (83.8 x 83.8cm). This elaborate tapestry-woven mandala, or cosmic diagram, illustrates Indian imagery introdu... More