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This page shows puzzles that are no longer available, just for historical curiosity, and for completeness.

In some cases puzzles are reissued with a different code number: if you have the old code number from somewhere, this page should show you the replacement (which may still be available).

2016 pieces

Seizou mandala
© Epoch

Tibetan mandala

A fairly conventional mandala, full of the usual characters. Notably Mahakala, who is blue, in flames, and usually treading on a corpse or two, appears in both lower corners...

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23041 (23-041 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Achala mandala
© Roukyu / Gaten Project

Achala mandala

Achala (or Acala) is one of the five wisdom-kings of the womb realm, and a popular figure of veneration in Japan, where he is known as Fudou, or "Immovable", a translation of the Sanskrit name.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E27108 (27-108 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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2000 pieces

Vajradhatu mandala
© Beverly Enterprises

Vajradhatu mandala

This is the mandala of the Diamond Realm — there must be several hundred Buddhas figures in an intricate geometrical arrangement.

The original title, Kongôkai mandara (or Kongoukai) is the Japanese way of reading the Chinese characters which are the translation of the original Sanskrit "Vajradhatu mandala".

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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A Beverly puzzle: 2000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: BS62512 (S62-512 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Tibetan mandala
© Epoch

Tibetan mandala

A veritable cornucopia of little personages (Buddhas?) doing their own things - sitting on tables, growing extra arms, riding tigers, doing the lotus position, or just being geometrically arranged.

The original title, Kongôkai Mandara (or Kongoukai) is the Japanese way of reading the Chinese characters which are the translation of the Sanskrit "Vajradhatu mandala", which means something like "The Mandala of the Indestructible Realm". This Vajra, sometimes called "Diamond" or "Adamantine," is apparently a feature of the Tibetan version of Buddhism; it also appears to refer to four guardian warriors that protect the Buddha, and sure enough, within the big circle of this design, there are four principal surrounding figures. A complicated story, a complicated image, and a puzzle that is only for those who really want a challenge!

A web search on "Vajradhatu mandala" shows many old paintings with this title; plainly this is a modern interpretation of the same theme, but there is no indication of the artist.

Detail
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An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 73 x 102 cm (29" x 40")
Code: E20108 (20-108 on box)
Retail price ¥4800

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Tibetan mandala
© Epoch

Om mani padme hum

Om mani padme hum Kannon sits in the four-armed pose associated with this, the most famous of Buddhist mantras: "Om mani padme hum." The six syllables appear in the Tibetan alphabet in various places through the picture, together with a cornucopia of details, from snakes and vultures to peacocks in trees. The detail on the left shows the mantra at the base of one of the stupas - it seems that the six characters are the part within the pink rectangle.

Detail
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An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 73 x 102 cm (29" x 40")
Code: E20112 (20-112 on box)
Retail price ¥4800

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1500 pieces

Kannon Mandala
© Epoch

Kannon Mandala

This is Avalokitêsvara, the Buddha of eleven faces and 1,000 hands. Somehow, the original character is a Tibetan god, but by the time he reached China, he had become female, with the name Guanyin, which became Kannon in Japanese. Though often known as the "Goddess of Mercy," strictly she is not a goddess, but a Bodhisattva, an incarnation of the Buddha.

In the detail below you can see half a dozen or so of her hands: the white circle around her consists of most of the remaining one thousand packed into a tight fan.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E15036 (15-036 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Dharmapala Mandala
© Epoch

Dharmapala Mandala

Another extremely intricate image, but based on the classic geometrical mandala design. Lots of figures, some recognisable - in the middle at the top is a Kannon with one thousand arms and ten faces.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E15037 (15-037 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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1000 pieces

Kannon Bodhisattva mandala
© Dev Kumar Lama

Kannon Bodhisattva mandala

The classic mandala pattern, representing the cosmos, with a ring of fire surrounding the four-gated palace, in the centre of which sits the Bodhisattva Kannon. Various characters populate the outside, heavenly ones at the top, and more worldly at the bottom - particularly a typically blue and angry-looking Mahakala.

Detail

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10493 (1000-493 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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Shakyamuni Buddha mandala
© Beverly Enterprises

Shakyamuni Buddha mandala

A classic mandala, with literally hundreds of little figures, both inside and outside the circular inner realm. Shakyamuni Buddha is another name for the Buddha, literally "The Awakened One of the Shakya Clan."

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B61349 (61-349 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kannon mandala
© Hiroshi Yagi

Kannon mandala

The Kannon of the title appears right in the centre of this mandala, in her many-armed form. This is a very intricate pattern, so the accompanyting magnifying glass will probably be needed!

Detail

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

* This puzzle is supplied with a magnifying glass.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: BM81507 (M81-507 on box)
Retail price ¥2200

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Shaka Nyorai mandala
© Hiroshi Yagi

Shaka Nyorai mandala

Shaka Nyorai is the Buddha, sitting serenely in the middle of this world-view, and surrounded by more holy figures—outside this inner sanctum are scenes from the profane world, of lotus ponds, music, and the rest.

Detail

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

* This puzzle is supplied with a magnifying glass.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: BM81508 (M81-508 on box)
Retail price ¥2200

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Mahakala mandala
© Epoch

Mahakala mandala

Mahakala is a Bodhisattva, one of the personages of Buddha, with a wrathful side to his characters. He appears in both lower corners of the picture here, trampling on an outstretched lady. Hmm, well, it's often difficult to tell the boys from the girls in these pictures, but in contrast to this violence, the top centre vignette fairly clearly shows a couple embracing. (The exact configuration is difficult to determine, since characters frequently have four, six, or more arms.)

Detail shows the embrace (top centre).

Detail

Essay on Mahakala by Tom Suchan and Chaya Chandrasekhar - describes him as "characteristically depicted with an angry face, pot-bellied, and standing on a human corpse or the elephant-headed, Hindu god, Ganesha"

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11009 (11-009 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Shaka mandala
© Epoch

Shaka mandala

A mandala is a portrayal of the Buddhist conception of the cosmos, and Shaka is the Japanese form of S(h)akyamuni, one of the personages of Buddha. Here we see lots of people doing interesting things; at least one donkey, four elephants, and various dragons.

There is no indication of who painted this picture, though it appears to be a modern version.

Detail
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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11010 (11-010 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kannon Mandala
© Epoch

Kannon Mandala

This is Avalokitêsvara, the Buddha of eleven faces and 1,000 hands. Somehow, the original character is a Tibetan god, but by the time he reached China, he had become female, with the name Guanyin, which became Kannon in Japanese. Though often known as the "Goddess of Mercy," strictly she is not a goddess, but a Bodhisattva, an incarnation of the Buddha.

In the detail below you can see half a dozen or so of her hands: the white circle around her consists of most of the remaining one thousand packed into a tight fan.

Detail
Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11039 (11-039 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Tibetan mandala
© Epoch

Tibetan mandala

A veritable cornucopia of little personages (Buddhas?) doing their own things - sitting on tables, growing extra arms, riding tigers, doing the lotus position, or just being geometrically arranged.

The original title, Kongôkai Mandara (or Kongoukai) is the Japanese way of reading the Chinese characters which are the translation of the Sanskrit "Vajradhatu mandala", which means something like "The Mandala of the Indestructible Realm". This Vajra, sometimes called "Diamond" or "Adamantine," is apparently a feature of the Tibetan version of Buddhism; it also appears to refer to four guardian warriors that protect the Buddha, and sure enough, within the big circle of this design, there are four principal surrounding figures. A complicated story, a complicated image, and a puzzle that is only for those who really want a challenge!

This is exactly the same design as the 2000-piece Tibetan mandala, but the foil printing allows halos and other features to appear in gold, silver, and deep copper tints.

* This puzzle has a metallic foil finish.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E13237 (13-237 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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Tibetan mandala
© Epoch

Om mani padme hum

Om mani padme hum Kannon sits in the four-armed pose associated with this, the most famous of Buddhist mantras: "Om mani padme hum." The six syllables appear in the Tibetan alphabet in various places through the picture, together with a cornucopia of details, from snakes and vultures to peacocks in trees. The detail on the left shows the mantra at the base of one of the stupas - it seems that the six characters are the part within the pink rectangle.

Detail

* This puzzle has a metallic foil finish.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E13238 (13-238 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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Mandala
© Yanoman

Taizoukai mandala

This is the Womb World mandala, or Taizoukai mandala in Japanese (Garbhadhatu Mandala in Sanskrit) — the other aspect of the cosmos from the Kongoukai or Adamantine mandala.

This is a modern painting by the Nepalese Suriya Lama (born 1959), but closely follows the traditional layout, with more than one hundred little Buddha figures surrounding the central Dainichi Nyorai.

This is an exotic puzzle, which will not be easy!

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: Y101159 (10-1159 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Vajradhatu mandala
© Surya Lama

Vajradhatu mandala (Surya Lama)

The nine-panel pattern is a common mandala theme, with another nine circles nested within most of the panels. The original title of this painting is actually "The mandala of the two realms", but it has the subtitle of the Diamond realm, or Vajradhatu.

Detail

A young Tibetan artist in Nepal, Surya Lama served apprenticeship in a monastery, and is now a fully-fledged painter of mandalas.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: Y101181 (10-1181 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Dainichi Nyorai mandala
© Mangal Lama

Dainichi Nyorai mandala (Mangal Lama)

The central figure in this mandala is the Buddha known in Japan as Dainichi Nyorai, or Mahavairocana in Sanskrit. The central circle here is surrounded by a geometrical arrangement of flowers and a kind of urn or teapot in each corner.

Detail

Born in 1958, Mangal Lama studied under his father, a priest in Darjeeling, India. Becoming a Lama at the age of 28 he is now a holy artist of Tibetan Buddhism.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: Y101182 (10-1182 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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300 pieces

Shakyamuni Buddha mandala
© Beverly Enterprises

Shakyamuni Buddha mandala

The mystery of the cosmos, in tiny pieces! Shakyamuni is another of the names of Gautama Buddha, and in its abbreviated form assimilated into Japanese forms one of the commonest ways of referring to Buddha, viz Shaka-sama.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 15 x 21 cm (6" x 8")
Code: BS73575 (S73-575 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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Chakrasamvara mandala
© Beverly Enterprises

Chakrasamvara mandala

Chakrasamvara is a deity from the Tibetan tradition of Tantric Buddhism... outside the central circle this mandala shows us an amazing variety of scenes, including elephants and other animals, entertainers, and more.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 15 x 21 cm (6" x 8")
Code: BS73576 (S73-576 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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216 pieces

Jakujôson mandala
© Epoch

Jakujôson mandala

A classic mandala design, of worlds within worlds. At 216 small pieces, this would make a delightful introduction to the art of mandala puzzling - but with the usual number of tiny figures, there must be almost one per piece.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 216 pieces; 18 x 26 cm (7" x 10")
Code: E04007 (04-007 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Substituted puzzle

E22040: this puzzle reissued as E20108 - Tibetan mandala (2000pcs)

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