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Transcript of Mandala Lesson
What is a Mandala?
Sanskrit for circle or completion
Organized design with unifying center
Sacred and rich in tradition
Interconnectedness of all things
Review of Elements
Review of Principles
How to grow a mandala.
4 monks - one each quadrant
Up to a week to complete
Years to prepare
Star of David
Notre Dame - Rose Window
Navajo Sand Painting
What are they?
Geometric designs that symbolize the universe, a circle that never ends.
What does the word mandala actually mean?
manda = "essence"
la = "container"
So the word mandala means "container of essence"
or "sacred circle"
A mandala starts in the center and energy emanates outward...
Like the ripples in a pond.
According to ancient beliefs, sand mandalas give monks positive energy. It's traditional for monks to pray while making a mandala and ask for positivity and healing
After it's finished, the mandala is blessed. then, the whole thing is swept up and the sand is washed into flowing water! This shows that nothing is permanent.