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      曼荼羅

仏の悟りの境地を表わしているといわれる曼荼羅ですが、チベットでは修行の一環として、儀式、祭礼を行うときにも使われます。
この左の曼荼羅は、長寿を祈願するときに使われる曼荼羅です。中央には、不老長寿の薬壺を持った無量寿仏が座しています。

 

      Maṇdala of Amitāyus with consort

 

In Tibetan life, maṇdalas are used to decorate and sanctify temples and homes, in initiation rites for monks and rulers, as the focus of visualization by the clergy and of worship by lay followers, as well as in such specified roles as a support for the corpse in cremation.(From『MANDARA』by Denise Patry Leidy and Robert A.F.Thurman)

This Maṇdala is for long life. In the center Amitāyus is sitting with a pot of medicine for long life.