The Taima Mandala is a pictorialguide and illustrates an important text of the School.
The left strip describes the plot: a prince pays heed to the evil accusations of an enemy and locks up his parents in prison. The queen seeks help from the. He appears to her, bringing with him a method of meditation that will guide her to in his Pure Land.
The central image depicts Buddha Amitabha’s paradise with its magnificent palaces, jewel-clad trees, musicians, dancers, and recently reborn souls sitting on large lotus blossoms.
The right strip gives instructions on how to picture the Pure Land – from sunset and cooling waters, to gardens and palaces, right up to the Buddha and his followers – so that it emerges in one’s own imagination.