The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is circle. But a mandala is more than a simple shape. The circular design symbolizes the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected.
In modern and western use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram or pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically.
In various east Asian religions and lifestyles, a mandala is a spiritual and ritualistic geometric arrangement of symbols or a map. Some of the more prominent examples of religions that have deep spiritual connections to mandalas are Buddhism and Hinduism. You will be surprised how often you can spot a mandala in Asian temples.
Originally, the designs of a mandala were meant to represent wholeness and a model for the structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram of relationships that reminds us of the infinity that expands inside and outside the world of our mind and body.
In various traditions, mandalas are used as guidance tools for focusing the attention of practitioners and for establishing a sacred space as an aid to meditation.Because of their mostly circular designs, the mandala is seen as a way to center the mind.
Many different shapes are used in the design of mandalas. Like the circle mentioned before, each of the shapes have their own individual meaning. For example, spirals portray the rise and fall and cyclic movement of nature. Squares represent our existence in the material world. And triangles, depending on the direction of their vertex, are a symbol of aspirations toward the spiritual or earthly spheres.
In recent years, as interest in Asian culture has increased, so has interest in using these designs either solely for decoration or for their concepts.
In our Gallery, you’ll find many wooden mandala designs with different concepts, that you can use to decorate a wall or bring spirituality and light to a room.