The Art of Positive Thinking
Tibetan mandalas are an ancient, sacred form of Tibetan Buddhist art. The word mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle and it represents wholeness and harmony at the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist universe. (From Sand Mandalas: Creating A Perfectly Harmonious World)
Scholars of Namgyal Monastery describe the mandala as “a perfectly harmonious world with resident enlightened beings.”
Mandalas are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to hold powers of healing and purification.
Throughout the history of the ancient religion in the country, Tibetan Buddhists have developed their own rites and traditions unique to their culture. Mandala is one of them, which are believed to emanate healing and purification.
Mandalas have outer, inner and secret meanings: the outer level represents the world in its divine form; the inner level, a map where the ordinary human mind is transformed into an enlightened mind; the secret level depicts the perfect balance of subtle energies of the body and mind. Buddhists believe that these positive healing energies of the Mandala are released to those who view it as well as the surrounding environment.
The tibetan word for mandala is kyilkhor. Kyil means 'center', khor means 'fringe’.
"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life."