1/02/2006

Mandala

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Mandala, Maze

***** Location: Asia, worldwide
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topics
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

Labyrinth, see below

In Tibetan Buddhism, a mandala is an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. Each object in the palace has significance, representing some aspect of wisdom or reminding the meditator of some guiding principle. Tradition dictates the shapes, sizes and colors of these objects. There are many different mandalas, each with different lessons to teach.
Most mandalas contain a host of deities as well as inanimate objects. An excellent overview and glossary of mandala components is available on the web.
http://www.graphics.cornell.edu/online/mandala/

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Mandalas exist since old times in almost all cultures of our earth.
Read more about it here:

My approach to Mandala Therapy
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2004/08/mandala-therapy.html


In my Photo Album
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabigreve2000/sets/72157600520233883/

and

Pictures of many types of Walking Labyrinths and Mazes made of various materials:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabigreve2000/sets/72157600520918424/

Gabi Greve

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World Labyrinth Day, May 2
kigo for summer

Reference

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If you are not familiar with the terms and differences between these things, check out here:
The differences are explained well. The site then discusses manadals as the bases for labyrinths. If you follow the link to "sacred geometry," you find that it is the basis for mandalas.
Ed Schwellenbach
www.crystalinks.com/labyrinths.html

Ed has looked into the matter a little more:

Also find an interesting, albeit commercial, site about sacred geometry and madalas at www.charlesgilchrist.com/SGEO/Gal902.html

Another one is
www.familytravelfiles.com/ezine/articles/747.asp

The headline reads "USA/Europe: Corn Mazes Earmark the Season." Contains locations and times for several USA mazes. Use links to find acceptable pictures of mazes at Chattanooga, Tennessee; Portsmouth, Rhode Island; and Bennington, Vermont. It seems that most mazes are
open from about the first of September to the end of October.

This site also contains links to others resources including companies that convince farmers to convert some of their cornfields to mazes for profit.
http://www.cornfieldmase.com/
provides maps to mazes in Canada, US, Mexico, UK, and Italy.

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Worldwide use

Europe
In certain cases, labyrinths could even be seasonal. Belgium and its neighbouring countries have maize labyrinths, cultivated so as to be week-end attractions when the maize has reached a certain height -- I remember my colleagues in the office last autumn showing pictures of their children there.

These pages (from France) give an impression. I found similar references to maize labyrinths in Germany and Switzerland.

http://www.labyrinthus.com/laby_sortileges_1.php
http://www.labyrinthus.com/en_images_2.php

Isabelle Prondzynski

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More than in other countries, Switzerland seems to embrace the appropriateness of labyrinths in public places, of which more than 50 have been established in recent years, in addition to dozens of other on private property.



Look at many more samples here:
http://www.crystalinks.com/labyrinths2.html

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England

There has been a seasonal labyrinth in the summer just a few milesaway from where I live in England. They call it "The Maize Maze" :

walking the maize maze amazed walking
Eryu

(See below for more about the labyrinth.)

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India

Many traditional Indian Mandalas have traditional names associated with the deities.
The Mandalas are associated with a Mantram and sometimes even a Nyaasam [ Meta Elucidations in Mantrams ]

Various Indian Rituals involve making Mandalas of various types with different materials.
Every morning in most Indian[ Hindu Buddhist Jain] houses a Kolam [ a mandala design] is drawn at dawn and even at dusk in some places. Mandalas are also called Chakras [ Wheels]. Mandalas are considered representation of Devi [ Laksmi .Kaali Durga etc. ] in contrast to Linga[shiva] and Saalagrama[ Vishnu]

Actually a Mandala represents a unique Cosmos we may.
Vishnu Mandala ~ Shakthi Mandala ~ Rudra Mandala ~ Vighneswara Mandala ~ Buddha Mandala ~


Rudra Mandala ~
the flame resonates
in fragrant silences



Padma Mandala
rahasyam pratyaksham Padmini
Padma-Sambhavi

The Padma Mandala
mystery manifests lotus faced Devi
abloom on a lotus

Padma ~ Lotus, Lakshmi ~

"Mandala" is a very difficult word to translate from Sanskrit into another language as i see and as you surely must be aware too.

Narayanan, 2005

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Things found on the way


Mandala, a Magazine about Tibetan Art


http://www.mandalamagazine.org/

................................ More Mandala Sites
Center of the Circle (contains many links) Mandala information by Jytte Hansen
Building a Sand Mandala The Rossi Collection of early Tibetan mandalas
Mandala: Buddhist Tantric Diagrams
Houston Chronicle article : The Art of Tibetan Sand Painting
StarWheels (futuristic mandala paintings) Mandala Art
The Mandala Project
The World Mandala Project
The MandalaZone



Some mandala are available as drawings for coloring:
nuri-e, nurie, nuri e ぬりえ【塗(り)絵 / 塗(絵】
Ausmalvorlagen

. nuri-e 塗り絵 - 塗絵 - ぬりえ drawing for coloring .

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Buddhist Mandalas in Japan
Kongookai Mandala, Taizookai Mandala

Mandalas are a type of Buddhist painting especially common in the Esoteric sect of Japanese Buddhism, which has many secret, mystical rituals. According to the beliefs of this sect, truth can not be expressed through just words but requires illustrations such as paintings. One such type of painting is a mandala.
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/mandala1.shtml

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....................... Crop Circles, a sort of Mandala

Very often seen in England
http://www.temporarytemples.co.uk/default.html
http://www.temporarytemples.co.uk/imagelib/A-2001.html

With bizarre references to UFOs, science fiction films and what not.
http://www.circlemakers.org/totc2004.html
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/index2.html


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HAIKU


............................... autumn mandala -
............................... in my garden
............................... with pure joy




Read many more Nature Mandala Haiku here:
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2004/08/mandala.html

Gabi Greve

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an old mandala
dervish dancers
by night

Geert Verbeke

Look at the picture here
http://home.alc.co.jp/db/owa/ph_detail?photo_sn_in=1537

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floral mandala
has journeyed to her center
tranquil and serene

Look at a beautiful white Water Lily Mandala
http://home.alc.co.jp/db/owa/PH_detail?photo_sn_in=1489

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mandala -
my footsteps' path
fases away

© Gabriela Fleitas, 2005

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From http://www.wonderhaikuworlds.com/index.php
Narayanan Raghunathan

Click at the LINKs to see the mandala !


Sthaanu Datta Mandala

Agni Nyaasa Mandala
http://www.wonderhaikuworlds.com/haikufromphoto.php?image=28


Datta Guru Mandala
http://www.wonderhaikuworlds.com/haikufromphoto.php?image=71


Naaraayaneeyam~
http://www.wonderhaikuworlds.com/viewdetail-haiga.php?post=65


spanda-grham
aadi-madyaantha viheenam
shaashvatham sthiram
[Sanskrit]

the home of spandas
without beginnings middles ends
eternal indestructible


Haiku and Image by Narayanan Raghunathan

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maha-mantra-mandalam
saakshi-saakshaatkaaram
parabrahma tatvam
[Sanskrit]

the great mandala of mantras
the witness in true fullfillment
the knowledge of brahman


Haiku and Image by Narayanan Raghunathan


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Related words

***** Labyrinth .. -non-seasonal topic . Also called maze.
In Europe, many mazes are often made of maize. People walk them in summer and autumn.
Maize as a plant is a kigo for autumn in Japan, when it is ripe and ready to eat. So a Maize Maze could be considered a kigo for Autum, according to the plant.


office show --
wee jack in the labyrinth
become wallpaper

Isabelle Prondzynski

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busy bee -
in the pollen bed
a labyrinth

Carol Raisfeld

Look at the Photo here
http://home.alc.co.jp/db/owa/PH_detail?photo_sn_in=708

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corn maze
from a bird's eye view
no exit

nangini

Look at the Photo and more haiku here
http://home.alc.co.jp/db/owa/PH_detail?photo_sn_in=1517

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green labyrinths
cover the infinite sky ~
twittering birds ~


Narayanan Raghunathan, India Saijiki
Read the full sequence HERE !  


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2 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

. kaleidoscope : Haiga Duet from Origa and Ashe san .

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anonymous said...

mandalacolors

great resources for further pondering

http://mandalacolors.com/

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