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Diamond Realm
Diamond Realm (Kongokai) Mandala of the Shingon school
Tibetan painting of Vajradhatu

In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Diamond Realm (Skt. vajradh?tu, Jp. kong?kai) is a metaphysical space inhabited by the Five Tathagatas. The Diamond Realm Mandala is based on an esoteric Buddhist sutra called the Vajrasekhara Sutra.

The Diamond Realm is a very popular subject for mandalas, and along with the Womb Realm (garbhako?adh?tu) Mandala forms the Mandala of the Two Realms. This mandala, along with the Womb Realm, form the core of Japanese esoteric, or Shingon Buddhist, rituals, including the initiation or abhi?eka ritual. In this ritual, new initiates are blindfolded, and are asked to toss a flower upon a mandala. Where the flower lands helps decide which Buddhist figure the student should devote themselves to.[1]

In traditional Shingon halls, the Diamond Realm Mandala is hung on the west wall symbolizing the final realization of Mah?vairocana Buddha.[2] In this setting, the Womb Realm Mandala is hung on the east wall, symbolizing the young stage of Mah?vairocana Buddha.

See also

References

  1. ^ Hakeda, Yoshito S. (1972). K?kai and His Major Works. Columbia University Press. p. 44. ISBN 0-231-05933-7.
  2. ^ Hakeda, Yoshito S. (1972). K?kai and His Major Works. Columbia University Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-231-05933-7.

Further reading

  • Grotenhuis, Elizabeth Ten (1999). Japanese mandalas: representations of sacred geography, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, pp. 33-57

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