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mandala

(măn′dă-lă) [Sanskrit mandala, circle]
An ancient Hindu and Buddhist representation of the universe, used as a focal point for meditation.

Mandala

A design, usually circular, that appears in religion and art. In Buddhism and Hinduism, the mandala has religious ritual purposes and serves as a yantra (a geometric emblem or instrument of contemplation).
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Although, all of this work seems kind of silly because a couple of weeks or even just days after making the mandala the monks scoop up the sand and either throw it into the wind or a flowing body of water, such as a stream or river to spread the blessings of the mandala.
Thus, we may consider each mandala as a sacred mansion, the home of a particular meditational deity, who represents and embodies enlightened qualities such as compassion, particular virtuous qualities, heightened consciousness, and bliss.
Mandalas of Light -- Mandalas of light will be on exhibit during the month of October at Paxton's Cellar at 104 east State Street in Redlands, California.
CUTLINE: (1) Lobsang Damchoe, left, and Phuntsok Tsundue work on a sand mandala at the Linh Son Temple on Ruthven Avenue in Worcester.
This mandala is dedicated to the deity Yamantaka, Conqueror of Death, and represents his celestial palace.
"She took my sketches and converted them into an electronic format, and then with her visual eye she tended to my sketches and added her own elements and ideas in the mandalas, along with perfecting the layout, text and fonts."
One may develop a mandala with merely a visual appeal or it might be used to represent something in great depth.
Our first trip was to the Newark Museum where Curator of Asian Art Valrae Reynolds gave us a tour of the collections of Tibetan art and Nepalese mandalas. We looked at a mandala made of jewels and precious metals, created by a wealthy person as an offering.
Andreas Mandalas, the head of the mountain resorts' hotelier association, said business was satisfactory only between August 14 and 19.
These women, with S-curving bodies, trail their long black hair across invisible mandalas. Mesmerized by their seemingly boneless arms, I recall that the Balinese word for dancing is ngigel, which also means "to bend."
Large circles of wood, feathers, and tie-dyed fabric inspired by dream catchers and mandalas hang from the ceiling.
Summary: Drawing mandalas can be relaxing and meditating, and is a form of art therapy