A world simulated in the mind, where fortresses of bone rise above a sea of blood. Where a pantheon of wrathful and serene deities assemble in precise arrangement. Where multi-limbed beings dance, cyclopean architecture looms high and a mountain bridges Earth to the cosmos.
That's the rich world of the Mandala (Sanskrit for "circle"), an artistic visualization tool that allows Tibetan Buddhism 's most advanced psychonauts to enter heightened states of meditation. It's essentially an imagined palace, not unlike the dreamscape architects in the sci-fi film "Inception," or the famed "memory palace" mnemonic device that emerged in ancient Rome.