from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various ritualistic geometric designs symbolic of the universe, used in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation.
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- n. A graphic depiction of the spiritual universe and its myriad realms and deities.
- n. Any ritualistic geometric design, symbolic of the Universe, used as an aid to meditation.
- n. A division or book of the Rigveda (of which there are 10).
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- n. any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation
In Buddhism, the term mandala can be viewed in some respect as a sort of organizational chart.
But, if the mandala is already gone, why is Chris still being targetted with violence?
The mandala is a profound, universal symbol that translates literally to "center and its surroundings" and is a physical representation of our interdependence, or the notion that everything and everyone is interlinked.
We are not going to label mandala on just some pile of dirt.
What allows us to really get into this whole visualization or imagination process is what the word mandala would refer to.
Each mandala is individual, mirroring peyote vision trances.
The distinctive keyhole-shaped design is called a mandala garden, and it's an old-school style of gardening that is making a comeback, fueled by the sustainability movement.
Throughout the ritual, practitioners concentrate on a symbol called the mandala to find peace with themselves and the universe.
The most important part of creating a mandala is the motivation behind it.
From above, the mandala is a perfect architectural plan and easy to imagine as a five-story palace.