Traditionally, a mandala is a visual image or picture which represents the cosmic nature of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other divine beings. Meditators use various forms of mandalas as visual aids for their meditation. Cultivators see mandalas as symbols of spiritual universe and thus, gateways for their profound realization and liberation.
Vairochana Mandala is a mandala based on the teaching of the Avatamsaka Sutra. What is special about? It is a 3-dimensional mandala in which people can enter the mandala, sit, bow, chant, meditate and become part of the collective, spiritual experience. Vairochana Mandala is a sacred space where the spiritual and healing power of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and practitioners converge and concentrate to uplift the spirit of all participants of the mandala practice.
Vairochana Buddha is called the dharma body Buddha whose body is uncreated, formless, shapeless, and yet pervades and presents throughout the whole Dharmadhatu. In the philosophy of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Vairochana Buddha is presented as the consummation of two non-dualistic paths, represented by 2 great bodhisattvas, Mansjuri and Samantabhdra.
Mansjuri bodhisattva embodies the path of unfolding the True Nature, in which the boundless lights of the True Nature instantly and pervasively unpacks onto every single level of consciousness and every layer of shadows (particularly, the Five Shadows or Skandhas, of body and its sensations, feelings, thoughts, habitual energy, and consciousness).
Samantabhadra bodhisattva embodies the path of spiritual evolution, in which one advances spirally through many definitive stages of development, instantly realizes the emptiness of all existences, embraces all forms of conditions, while serves, teaches and transforms all living beings in the web of affinities.
Bringing this Vairochana Mandala to Koyasan in Japan, the Compassionate Service Society wish to honor the founder of Shingon, Kobodaishi, who is considered to be the transformation of Vairochana Buddha, and the greatest teacher of esoteric teaching of all times.