MANDALA (Why make a Mandala? (How can they be used for personal…
Why make a Mandala?
How can they be used for personal expression?
Drawing the traditional circular designs known as mandalas is a meditative practice, a healing exercise in times of crisis, and a pleasurable act of creativity. As a symbol of the Self, the mandala provides a connection to our innermost being.
Coloring the circular designs known as mandalas is a creative activity that brings relaxation, healing, and self-understanding. Susanne Fincher's first such coloring book, Coloring Mandalas, presented designs organized according to a scheme of twelve archetypal stages that represents a cycle of personal growth.
From time immemorial, the mandala has been an expression of inner reality—for individuals, groups, and whole cultures. When you draw or paint a mandala of your own, you’re making a portrait of your unconscious at a particular moment in your life, which when carefully regarded, can provide astonishing insights into your own deepest truth.
Of all the things that drop me down gently into the present moment, drawing & coloring mandalas has to be my absolute favorite practice. It heals me faster than yoga, snaps me out of frustration better than meditation, and somehow stitches together all of my loose, weathered layers, over and over again.
How is Geometry Incorporated -A mandala is a Sanskrit term for a geometric pattern that represents the cosmos, a microcosm of the universe.
The origin of a sacred geometry mandala is the center, the “seed”. It’s the gathering center in which outside energies are drawn, and in the act of drawing the forces, the artist’s own energies unfold.
the palace the mandala has symbols associated with different deities or cultural symbols such as a thunderbolt (symbol of the male), a bell (symbol of the female), a wheel (symbol of the Buddhist Eightfold Path) or a diamond (symbol of a clear mind) among others.
types of symmetry used
Mandalas have “rotational symmetry.” Rotational symmetry is a type of balance in which the parts of an object or
picture are arranged and radiate from a center point.
Rotational symmetry can be divided into equal pieces like a pie
Rotational symmetry can be found in nature, such as in flowers, spider webs, snowflakes, etc
How Parallel and perpendicular lines are used
Creating Mandalas with children is a fun way to teach math concepts that doesn't feel like work. Kids can learn about degrees, angles, bisecting, radius, diameter, circumference, perpendicular, parallel among other geometry concepts.
What are mandala's?
- A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Buddhism and Hinduism. It’s a symbolic representation of the universe with an inner and outer world.
What is the history?
The word mandala comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. Literally mandala means “circle.” The circle is seen as a magical form, without beginning and end, just as the universe is believed to have no end. -
How are they made? - mandalas constructed from sand transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them.
What tools are used
-The design of the mandala is marked with chalk on a wooden platform. This meticulous process takes an entire day.
Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, was born in what is today Nepal in 563 B.C.E. While we know that his followers spread the message of Enlightenment after his death, the presence of Buddhist art is often the earliest proof of the existence of Buddhism in a given place.
The word mandala is a Sanskrit term that means “circle” or “discoid object”.
A mandala can be defined in two ways: externally as a schematic visual representation of the universe and internally as a guide for several psychophysical practices that take place in many Asian traditions, including meditation.