AVALOKITESVARA MANDALA ( Tib: Chenrezig khyil.khor)
The Mandala of the eight-armed Avalokitesvara is based on the five Dhyani Buddhas representing the transformation of the five major delusions into the five wisdoms, mainly used in the purification practice of "Nyung-nae" , the fasting retreat. The four directional guardians sit at the gates. Above sits Vajradhara, the tantric form of the Buddha surrounded by the Tibetan lineage holders Atisha and Lama Tsong Khapa. Next to them in the clouds are Buddha Shakyamuni and the Medicine Buddha. Green Tara and Vajrapani reside on the ground.
© Andy Weber 1997