Have you seen anything so beautiful? We’re in love with these Mandala Rocks and you won’t be able to wait to make them!
We’re so excited to share with you these simply stunning Mandala Rocks! Mandalas actually have a very interesting background. It is a sacred practice engaged by Tibetan Monks and many other cultures and religions. You may look at the beautiful photos and see circles but you will be surprised at what the dots and lines actually represent.
So, what is a Mandala? According to ‘The Mandala Project‘ the word originates 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 – a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends beyond, within our bodies and minds.
Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.
This is what ‘Religion Facts‘ has to say -: In Buddhism, mandalas are rich with symbolism that evokes various aspects of Buddhist teaching and tradition. This is part of what makes the creation of a mandala a sacred act, for as they work, the monks are imparting the Buddha’s teachings.
Images – Artist Elspeth Mclean
Outside the square temple are several concentric circles. The outermost circle is usually decorated with stylised scrollwork resembling a ring of fire. This ring of fire symbolises the process of transformation humans must undergo before being able to enter the sacred territory within. It bars the uninitiated and symbolizes the burning of ignorance.
The next circle inward is a ring of thunderbolt or diamond sceptres, which stands for indestructibility and illumination. This is followed by a circle of eight graveyards, representing the eight aspects of human consciousness that bind a person to the cycle of rebirth. Finally, the innermost ring is made of lotus leaves, signifying religious rebirth.
The square structure in the middle of a mandala is a palace for the resident deities and a temple containing the essence of the Buddha. The square temple’s four elaborate gates symbolise a variety of ideas, including:
– The four boundless thoughts: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathy and equanimity
– The four directions: south, north, east and west
Within the square palace or temple are images of deities, which are usually the Five Dyani Buddhas (the Great Buddhas of Wisdom). The iconography of these deities is rich in symbolism in itself. Each of the Dyani Buddhas represents a direction (centre, south, north, east and west), cosmic element (like form and consciousness), earthly element (ether, air, water, earth and fire), and a particular type of wisdom. Each Buddha is empowered to overcome a particular evil, such as ignorance, envy or hatred. The Five Dyani Buddhas are generally identical in appearance but are each represented iconographically with a particular color, mudra (hand gesture), and animal.
In the centre of the mandala is an image of the chief deity, who is placed over the centre dot described above. Because it has no dimensions, the centre dot represents the seed or centre of the universe.
How To Paint Mandala Stones – :
Artist Elspeth Mclean is incredibly talented and we have found a 2-minute video tutorial where she shows you how to create your very own gorgeous Mandala Stones. Be sure to watch the video below. Just click the play button to view.