gold circle ［金輪］ ( kānchana-mandala; konrin): Also, gold wheel. In ancient Indian cosmology, a circle of gold that supports the world. According to The Dharma Analysis Treasury, the gold circle is 320,000 yojanas thick and 1,203,450 yojanas across. This gold circle is the uppermost of three circles said to be located beneath the earth’s surface that rest upon the cosmic void and support the world. The three circles are the windy circle, the watery circle, and the gold circle. The windy circle, which floats in space, supports the watery circle just above it. Upon this sits the gold circle, which directly supports the land with its Mount Sumeru, seas, and mountains. The Sanskrit word kānchana means gold, and mandala means disk or circle.