Definition of mandala in English:

mandala

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Pronunciation: /ˈmandələ
 
, ˈmʌn-/

noun

  • A circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.
    More example sentences
    • According to Buddhist scripture, mandalas (geometric designs symbolic of the universe) constructed from sand transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them.
    • In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, mandalas are created for rituals of initiation in which a highly qualified teacher grants permission to advanced disciples to engage in the tantric meditation practices.
    • While travelling in India and Nepal, Ellis became interested in the Buddhist mandalas and prayer flags.

Derivatives

mandalic

adjective
More example sentences
  • They float over a mandalic background created from different floral patterns.
  • In this country, mandalic art can be found in the Navajo sand paintings and in many American quilts.
  • At the most basic level it is hoped that people will enjoy looking at these mandalic images.

Origin

from Sanskrit maṇḍala 'disc'.

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