Mandalas Rituals

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Mandalas are what are used within rituals of tantric initiation. They are created at the beginning of this initiation process. These mandalas are sacred, and are designed to represent the universe. The creation of these mandalas is very time consuming, and requires a great amount of focus and patience. The mandala is generally split between 4 monks. There is first a dot placed in the center, with either the image of the deity over it, or completely geometric. Then there are lines to the four corners, to create triangular patterns. The lines then construct a square, with four gates, and this is where the monks begin to keep to themselves in their own quadrant. From then on, the monks work outwards, creating the circles. They work together to
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