Mandalas PBL 2017

"Mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit.

Loosely translated to mean "circle."

In Sanskrit, "Mand" means essence and "La" signifies container. Therefore we can define the Mandala as a circle that contains essence.

"A mandala is an integrated structure organized around a unifying center." --Longchenpa

A mandala represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. The mandalaproject.org

The Mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community. The mandala project.org

Different Cultures, Similiar Expressions

In ancient Tibet, Monks created intricate mandalas out of sand that were used to create the cycle of life.

The American Navajo people also created mandalas out of sand to be used in a spiritual ritual.

Mandalas are also used in Architecture

Buddhist stupas, Muslim Mosques and Christian cathedrals all use a principle structure built around a central common theme.

Carl Jung said a mandala symbolizes, "A safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness." It is "a synthesis of distinctive elements In a unified scheme representing the basic nature of existence."

Tibetan Buddhists believe the mandala consists of five "excellencies." The teacher, the message, the audience, the site, the time.

Labyrinths

Labyrinths are a type of mandala found in many cultures and are used as a tool for centering.

Credits:

Created with images by turrido50 - "Jung_Mandala" • mimabahor - "MANDALA COLOR-1 (2)" • anathea - "clematis mandala" • ikewinski - "Another Willow Mandala" • Oslo In The Summertime - "Th3rd 3y3" • gwhughey - "Paradise mandala" • fdecomite - "blue mandala" • Bistrosavage - "Mandala 1" • BotheredByBees - "plasticine labyrinth" • t.mrsn - "kim deal"

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