taizokai

**Above**

Taizokai ( Womb World) mandala, second half of ninth century. Hanging scroll, color on silk. The center square represents the young stage of Vairocana Buddha.

Includes three elements : Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern.

Patterns often used figuratively to represent:

  • People
  • Beliefs
  • The Natural World
  • History
  • Tradition

Color and shapes have specifically meanings in history. Mandalas (above) are used to symbolize spiritual significance . Now used as a spiritual tool , the rhythm of the patterns are made to evoke peace, and a life never ending. In some cases they will reveal the individual’s path in life. The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan, or any other religious orientation. 

More information on Mandalas:

Spiritual Awakening