"Each person's life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle.
We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.Read More
Earth, water, fire, air and space are elemental energies inside each of us. When they are aligned life is easy. When they are not in balance life is challenging, we experience stress, have emotional issues, there might be illness. It's easy to connect to the energies within by finding moments with the elements in nature.Read More
The mandala is about the journey to the center. It is a symbol that signifies wholeness and inner transformation. The mandala is a symbol with unlimited potential - it is a spiritual map to help guide us back to our natural state.Read More
The mandala is a tool for transformation and change and can be considered a map of wisdom principles and energies helping us to return to the center of our own being and essential nature.
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"In the mandala of mahamudra
Shines moonlight, pure and all-pervading,
All apparent phenomena are the play of the mind.
All qualities are complete within the mind."- Chögyam Trungpa
"When there is no more separation between “this” and “that” it is called the still point
of Tao, at the still point in the center of the circle, one sees the infinite in all things"
- Chuang Tzu
"We can also discuss the mandala in terms of the soul. The soul is the totality of the mandala. Essence arises in the soul, but for a long time... the soul is not completely essentialized; only part of it is. The rest of the field of the mandala – the rest of the consciousness of the soul – is composed of all your mental, emotional and physical experiences. The thread is defined by the center of the soul, and we can know that center most specifically and in a delineated way by recognizing the essential presence and what quality is manifesting." - A.H.Almaas
"Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually."
- Pema Chödrön
The mandala is a map for spiritual transformation."
- Tsultrim Allione
"We experience the seamless, unimpeded flow of everything that arises and dissolves within the reality-sphere that is the mandala of our own existence. Nothing is out of place; everything gives unique expression to an infinite network of conditions that are implicated in every manifestation from the most miniscule to the most cosmic, from the most insignificant to the most magnificent."
- Peter Fenner
“ …from an awakened perspective, all pain and confusion are merely the play of wisdom. And that play has a recognizable pattern called the mandala principle. If one can identify difficult situations as mandalas, then transformation of painful circumstances is possible.”
- Judith Simmer Brown
"The continual stream of new discovery, revelation and inspiration which arises at every moment is the manifestation of our clarity.
We should learn to see everyday life as mandala – the luminous fringes of experience which radiate spontaneously from the empty nature of our being. The aspects of our mandala are the day-to-day objects of our life experience moving in the dance or play of the universe."
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
What is a Mandala?
A mandala is a sphere with a midpoint, and displays a field of elements, which are interconnected and express different facets of human life and the mind.
The word mandala comes from the Sanskrit language and it signifies 'circle' or sometimes 'center'.
The mandala can be found in different traditions, and is particularly relevant in Tibetan Buddhist teachings which explore the mandala from the perspective of wisdom aspects, or energies, that are the fabric of our true intrinsic natural state.
The mandala is sometimes considered a sacred map pointing us back to the center and wholeness and represents an alchemy of certain interconnected and related energetic patterns and potential doors into wisdom.
A mandala is a reminder of unity, wholeness, and the journey back to the center. When we are the center of who we are, the periphery of the mandala changes and effects the experiential field in each moment.
The mandala is the representation of the formless essence, and the infinite unending display of potential and possibility of phenomena manifesting in each moment.
It can be helpful to see the whole universe as a mandala, and it is a helpful tool in recognizing that our moment-to-moment experience is the display of the mandala through feelings, sensations, emotions, thoughts, perceptions, and actions.
The mandala is a helpful spiritual symbol, representation, tool and principle to open our eyes to the vast potential of human life and how we can transform our limitations into wisdom principles.
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" A mandala is...an integrated structure organized around a unifying center."
"The flower’s perfume has no form, but it pervades space. Likewise, through a spiral of mandalas formless reality is known."
"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life."
- Pema Chodron
"I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point — namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the centre, to individuation. I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate."
- C. G. Jung
"A useful image to help us conceptualize the thread of personal unfoldment is the mandala. By mandala I mean a field with a midpoint, such as a sphere with a center. The field is the totality of your experience – your thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions, actions; it is the totality of your life at each moment.The center is where Being's dynamism touches your field, touches your mandala. This is where the transformation of experience begins, which then ripples through the whole field."
- A. H. Almaas
"The continual stream of new discovery, revelation and inspiration which arises at every moment is the manifestation of our clarity. We should learn to see everyday life as mandala - the luminous fringes of experience which radiate spontaneously from the empty nature of our being. The aspects of our mandala are the day-to-day objects of our life experience moving in the dance or play of the universe. By this symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and ultimate significance of being. Therefore we should be natural and spontaneous, accepting and learning from everything. This enables us to see the ironic and amusing side of events that usually irritate us."
- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
"The tibetan word for mandala is kyilkhor. Kyil means 'center', khor means 'fringe', 'gestalt', 'area around'. ...Things exist interdependently, and that interdependent existence of things happens in the fashion of orderly chaos."
- Chogyam Trungpa
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