The Taima Mandara vintage print
18" x 11 1/2"
The Taima Mandara
This is a faithful pictorial representation of the Kwan-Muryoju-kyo Sutra. The present painting shows the central section of the Mandara and depicts the Western paradise of the Buddha Amitabha. He is enthroned with the Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara (Kannon) and Mahastham-prapta (Dai-Seishi), in the midst of the glory of the Western Paradise. The central section is divided into five horizontal levels. The third level from the top contains the principla Buddha figures. The level directly below shows the pond of sacred lotus flowers, while nearer to the bottom are blessed souls (not shown here) untied in the afterlife. This concept is especially venerated by members of The Pure Land Sect.