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Mandala Art

Mandala Art

Mandala Art:

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that can translate to “circle” or “discoid object.” These geometric designs have deep symbolic meaning in Hindu & Buddhist cultures.

Mandala Art are representations of various aspects of our universe which are used as instruments of meditation. They are also symbols of prayer, most notably in the East Asian countries, China, Japan and Tibet

Around 560 BC, Gautama became increasingly aware of human suffering and left his kingdom in order to attain enlightenment through meditation and thoughtful action.

Buddha preached his philosophy across parts of India and established the first sangha, a Buddhist community of monks. According to legend, Buddha began preaching his philosophy across parts of India, where he attracted followers and eventually established the first Buddhist community of monks.

We first learn about Mandala arts through the travels of Buddhist monks who shared practical, moral pursuits with others. Through them, it spread to other Asian regions including Tibet, China, and Japan by the 4th century.

The use of Mandala Arts in Buddhist, Hindu, and various other religions is documented. Some painters of the spiritual craft were pious individuals who were commissioned for their work by a patron. They worked seated on the floor with a painting propped on their lap or in front of their crossed legs.

Hinduism and Buddhism have a tradition whereby one progresses towards the mandala’s center, which is believed to be filled with radiating joy. The Mandala Art consists of concentric labyrinths enclosing the symbol of an object seen as supremely meaningful.

A mandala is a circular design, usually contained within a square frame. They can be put together in sections, with a central point of organization. One of the most common things to make with a mandala is a yarn or thread outline on paper or cloth.

Pretty cool to look at, often used as meditation aids. Some mandalas are created to represent specific beliefs or ideas.

Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Asian cultures, which can have two meanings: externally, it is seen as a direct representation of the universe; internally, it is seen as road map for deep meditation techniques.

Mandala Art Display Image
Tibetan monk constructing a sand mandala. Source: Invaluable.com

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