On the Gohonzon: 
The Large Kanji 
Taho Nyorai 
The Top Row of Chinese Characters 
The Second Row of Chinese Characters 
The Third Row of Chinese Characters 
The Fourth Row of Chinese Characters 

The Central Buddha of the Gohonzon (Great Mandala): Nam 

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The Imagery of Nichiren's Lotus Sutra: The Gohonzon - The Great Mandala of the True Dharma 
The Mandala ... 
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle" or "round." In a religious context, it is a symmetrical representation of the universe that can be sketched, painted, sculpted, embroidered, drawn with sand, built as a temple or city, or represented in motion through dance. 

The term originates in Hindu and Buddhist practice, in which the mandala is a symbolic expression of cosmology and serves as a teaching device for practitioners. 

Carl Jung and other Western psychologists have described the mandala as a universal expression of the human subconscious. 

In general all mandalas have outer and inner meanings. On the outer level, they represent the world in its divine form; and on the inner level, they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into an enlightened mind. 

[Text is based on the writings of Robert E. Fisher, E. J. Coleman, and Giuseppe Tucci from a handout received at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC] 


Updated 6/7/06 
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