What is a Mandala?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Mandal Workshop this Saturday 12th October - 2-6pm Studio Space Stafford. Unit 2 Mall Mill Lane, ST16 2JT.

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It will be a very special workshop that starts with Mandala yoga flow. We will be painting our own individual mandala stones personal to us and using them for a mandala meditaion after our Mandala Yin Yoga (relaxing yoga). Yummy homemade cakes, tea and juices included. Take home a goodie pouch packed with quality gifts.xx

So what is a Mandala?

Once you discover what a mandala is you’ll begin to see them everywhere!

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to mean “circle” or “center.”

We often associate the word mandala with the circular designs that have repeating colors, shapes, and patterns radiating from the center. Mandalas can be precise, carefully measured, geometric, and perfectly symmetrical, or in contrast, free flowing, organic, and asymmetrical. Mandalas are often drawn in circles but they can also be drawn in squares.

Hindu and Buddhist Traditions

In the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, mandalas are an object of meditation to aid in one’s spiritual development. The imagery depicts the universe and the symbols represent one’s spiritual journey, the cycles of birth-life-death, and the interconnectedness of all living things. The Hindu tradition focuses on the realization of the self as one with the divine. Whereas in the Buddhist tradition, the emphasis is on the potential for enlightenment (Buddha-nature) and the pictures within the mandalas illustrate the obstacles that one has to overcome in order to cultivate compassion and wisdom. Drawing mandalas in this tradition follows strict rules.