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Bibliography on Mandalas


Compiled by Gregory P. Grieve

Buhnemann, Gudrun. Mandalas and Yantras in the Hindu Traditions. Lieden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2003.

Brauen, Martin. The Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism. Translated by Martin Wilson, with photographs by Peter Nebel and Doro  Roethlisberger. Boston: Shambhala, 1997.

Davidson, Ron. Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of Tantric Movement.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

Eismen, Fred. Bali: Sekala and Niskala. Berkeley: Periplus Editions, 1989.

Eck, Diana. City of Light. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983,

Khanna, Madhu. Yantra:  The Tantric Symbol Of Cosmic Unity.   Publisher: Thames and Hudson, 1979.

Leidy, D. P. and R. A. F. Thurman. Mandala: the architecture of Enlightenment. New York; London, Asia Society Galleries : Tibet House: Thames and Hudson, 1997

Levy, Robert. Mesocosm. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Malandra, Geri. Unfolding a Mandala: The Buddhist Cave Temples at Ellora, Albany: SUNY, 1993

Mullin, Glen, Jeff J. and Watt, Marcia Keegan (Photographer.  Female Buddhas: Women of Enlightenment in Tibetan Mystical Art. Publisher: Clear Light Books, 2003

Rawson, Phillip. THE ART OF TANTRA.  Publisher: Thames and Hudson, 1978.

Sanderson, Alexis. Mandala and Agamic Identity in the Trika of Kashmir. Mantras et Diagrammes Rituels dans l'Hinduisme. Paris: Editions du CNRS, 1986.

Tucci, Giuseppi. The Theory and Practice of the Mandala. New York: Samuel Weiser, 1973

White, David.  Alchemical Body. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 2004.

White, David. Kiss of the Yogini Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003


A booklet and video combination is:

Cozort, Daniel. The Sand Mandala of Vajrabhairava, Snow Lion, 1994. Mandala: The Sacred Circle of Vajrabhairava, South Mountain  Productions, 1997.


A virtual tour of a stupa:

interior (three-dimensional mandala), found at: http://www.skidmore.edu/academics/asianstudies/new2/linrothe/Mangyu/



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