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Mandala: Memory Palace and Simulated Worlds


Artist monks constructing the Kalachakra mandala which is made with colored sand.   Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images
Artist monks constructing the Kalachakra mandala which is made with colored sand. Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images

The mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism entice us as artistic expressions, meta symbols and conscience expressions of a complex spiritual cosmology. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Christian explore the nature of Tibetan Buddhism, the meaning within mandalic art and how this all connects to the western mnemonic system known as ‘the memory palace’ and the modern use of simulated worlds.

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Concentric circles represent air, water, fire, and earth. Mahayana 1000. Dashang Kagyu Ling, Tibet. Temple of 1000 Buddhas.
Concentric circles represent air, water, fire, and earth. Mahayana 1000. Dashang Kagyu Ling, Tibet. Temple of 1000 Buddhas.
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Nepal painting depicting the four Mandala, from the Monastery of Ngor, Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Tibetan culture, 15th century.
Nepal painting depicting the four Mandala, from the Monastery of Ngor, Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Tibetan culture, 15th century.
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Topics in this Podcast: Virtual Reality, memory, religion and science


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