The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
A mandala is a symbolic picture of the universe.
Buddhism has existed in Tibet since the 7th century A.D. Throughout the history of the ancient religion in the country, Tibetan Buddhists have developed their own rites and traditions unique to their culture. One of the most famous practices of Tibetan monks is the creation of intricate Sand Mandalas, which are believed to emanate healing and purification.
The ceremony is concluded with the destruction of the Mandala, which signifies the Buddhist belief in the impermanence of life. Afterwards, the sand from which the Mandala was made will be brought to a river or stream and cast into the flowing water in order to disperse the healing and purifying power of the Mandala to the world. Often, half of the sand used in the design will be distributed to the laity by the monks, further highlighting the Buddhist belief in sharing its blessings with all.
Btw: Mandala is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a positive attitude!