Exploring the Mandala. What is a Mandala?. Mandala is a Tibetan word meaning center and circle . It conveys the notion that any center is tied to its circumference and any circumference is always determined by its center. Together they represent wholeness.
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Examples of mandalas abound in nature. Every cell in our body, for instance, is a living mandala . . . so is the iris of our eye, a snow crystal, a bird's nest, a bicycle wheel, and Planet Earth.
. . . monks build the mandala grain by grain
The construction process takes several days, and the mandala is destroyed shortly after its completion.
The destruction of the mandala symbolizes the
impermanence of life.
A geometric design acting as a highly efficient tool for contemplation, concentration and meditation. Yantras carry spiritual significance, and point the user to higher levels of consciousness.
Each particular design is used for a specific purpose or intent.
and source for inspiration
Not what others think
Not how others see you
Who you think you are
(In Radial balance all elements radiate out from a center point in a circular fashion. Students found it very easy to maintain a focal point using radial balance, since all the elements lead your eye toward the center).
A What is a Mandala?
B Who created the Mandalas of ancient Tibet?
C What common goal or function does the Mandala serve within a
variety of cultures?
D Identify three characteristics of a Mandala:Does some form of
the Mandala exist in most cultures?
E Identify four cultures exhibiting their own unique version of Mandala.
F Is your understanding of religious/spiritually inspired works from
other societies enhanced when presented in context with their
G How do various societies use art as a form of religious expression?
H Is it important to you to express your religious/spiritual beliefs in