Mandalas and Yantras with Debashish Banerji

Debashish Banerji, PhD, is Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and Chairman of the East West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is author of Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo and also The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore, a book about his great grandfather. He edited an anthology about his great uncle, Rabindranath Tagore in the Twenty-First Century. With Robert McDermott, he has coedited an anthology titled Philo-Sophia: Wisdom Goddess Traditions.

Here he notes that mandalas are primarily associated with the Buddhist tradition whereas yantras predominate in Hinduism. Both are related to tantric culture. Both can embody complex symbolism and both can be embodied in three-dimensional form. Mandalas and yantras are used in meditation and in ritual practice for the purpose of incorporating dimensions of consciousness associates with various deities.

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(Recorded on November 24, 2021)

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