Mandala: Memory Palace and Simulated Worlds


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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Topics in this Podcast: religion and science, Virtual Reality, memory