The Cosmic Mandala:
Celebrating Tibetan Astronomy
This website is based on a poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society and Astronomical Society of the Pacific in June 2008. All materials presented here are designed for educational purposes, both in formal settings (schools) and informal settings (planetariums, community groups, and the general interested public). It is hoped that this website will help educate many about the rich astronomical history and customs of the Tibetan people.
Click on the appropriate lotus blossom below to access site material:
Intro to Tibetan Astro Science
The connection between astronomy and astrology in Tibetan culture
Tibetan astronomical terms (and other helpful words)
Tibetan zodiac and lunar houses
Tibetan lunar calendar
Determining the winter solstice Tibetan style
Tibetan cosmological models
Tibetan cosmology and modern science
Miscellaneous Tibetan astronomical folklore and tradition
Last updated 12-12-12.
Please note that there are multiple texts and traditions within the larger Tibetan culture. While this website seeks to be balanced, it is limited by the number of available English translations.
Questions, comments, and concerns should be directed to Kristine Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Merit is shared with all sentient beings. Faults are the sole burden of the webmaster.