What is a Mandala?

The finished mandala
Constructing the mandala
Destroying the mandala

A Mandala represents simultaneously, an inner landscape and physical realm, within which every element of experience is unified, balanced and complete.

In Tibetan tradition, it is considered a great blessing to see a mandala, as it conveys a deep impression of wholeness, bringing about healing and peace.

Each element of the color particle sand mandala has precise symbolic meaning. The structures portrayed are the structures of human consciousness. The surrounding circlerepresents dynamic awareness. The square symbolizes the four directions, the physical world. At each side of the square, a gate is constructed: these represent the four immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity; through these practices one enters the sacred ground. 

The center point of a mandala is the essence of  an archetypal energy: this specific mandala, represents Avalokitesvara, the archetypal energy of compassion. Compassion is described within Tibetan art as intensity, symmetry and grace. Avalokitesvara is represented symbolically through the Sanscrit letters, “om mani pad me hum”, the jewel within the lotus—may the mind be within the heart. 
 
The sacred circle of the mandala revitalizes our dreams of the sacred nature of Earth itself, and reminds us that the sacred ground is ultimately found here and now, within the core of our existence.

 

To view the Brochure on mandala (PDF), please view the images below.

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