734 Mandala meditation (cool
colours)76x76cm acrylic on canvas,
Abstract painting inspired by Tibetan mandalas.
Mandala (Sanskrit mandala "circle",
"completion") is of Hindu origin and is
also used in most Dharmic religions,
such as Buddhism and Hinduism, to refer to
various tangible objects. In Vajrayana they have been developed into sand painting.
In practice, mandala has
become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric
pattern which represents
the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically,
a microcosm of the universe from the
A mandala, especially its centre, can be used
during meditation as an object for
focusing attention. The symmetrical
geometric shapes tend to draw the
attention towards their centre.
Psychiatrist Carl Jung saw the mandala
as "a representation of the unconscious
self," and believed his paintings
of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional
disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.
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