Sunday, March 15, 2009

mandalas

The word ‘mandala’ originates from the traditional Indian language of Sanskrit, loosely translated as ‘circle’ or ‘wholeness’. Mandalas are concentric diagrams, often seen as symbolic pictures of the universe, that have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as many other belief systems and cultures.
Making a personal mandala is often seen as a form of meditation. This involves making random marks within the confines of a circle, working with closed eyes, then open eyes, standing up and sitting down, turning the paper on angles. It can be done with many mediums; pencil, charcoal, pastel or coloured pencils are excellent. The aim is to avoid thinking about what the drawing is, or its meaning, instead allowing an automatic drawing to evolve.




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