Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle. In religious art, the mandala is used to symbolize wholeness -- the circle of eternity. However, the pattern of a mandala -- a circle with a center -- reaches far beyond a two or three dimensional art form.
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The mandala is a spiritual art form found around the world. As a universal symbol in the religious art of nearly every indigenous culture, the mandala design can be seen in works from India (where the term "mandala" has its roots), in the sand mandalas of Tibetan monks, and in the Aztec calendar, just to name a few.
Mandalas are a symbolic representation of the macro and the micro; what lies within and without. Mandala art has been used throughout the world as a process of self-expression, in the service of personal growth and spiritual transformation. The basic pattern of the circle with a center is found in nature and is seen in both physics and astronomy.