Outer mandala

A round, flat-bottomed bowl, held bottom side up, with three mounds of grain, placed one atop the other on its surface and contained within progressively smaller concentric metal rings, and crowned with an ornamental diadem. It is used as an offering to a spiritual master in request for a teaching, the conferring of a set of vows, and for the conferring of a tantric empowerment. It is also used as an offering of appreciation at the conclusion of these three occasions. It is also offered 100,000 times as a preliminary practice for building up positive force for success in the practice of tantra.

Tibetan: ཕྱིའི་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར། phyi'i dkyil-'khor

Other languages

Русский: Внешняя мандала
Tiếng Việt: Mạn đà la ngoại tại

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