More free printable Mandalas coloring pages and sheets can be found in the Mandalas color page gallery. From the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom. Mandalas coloring books are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. The word "mandala" comes from a Sanskrit word that generally means "circle," and mandalas are indeed primarily recognizable by their concentric circles and other geometric figures. Monks then begin construction of the mandala by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music.
In fact, the etymology of the word "mandala" suggests not just a circle but a "container of essence."Simply stated, a mandala is a sacred geometric figure that represents the universe.

Over a number of days, they fill in the design with millions of grains of colored patterns. When completed, a mandala becomes a sacred area that serves as a receptable for deities and a collection point of universal forces. By mentally entering a mandala and proceeding to its center, a person is symbolically guided through the cosmos to the essence of reality. The monks then enact the impermanent nature of existence by sweeping up the colored grains and dispersing them in flowing water. By constructing a mandala, a monk ritually participates in the Buddha's teachings.In Tibetan Buddhism, contemplation of sacred images is central to religious ritual, and a mandala is one of the most important of these sacred images. According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. A Tibetan mandala is usually made with careful placement of colored sand, and accordingly is known in Tibetan as dul-tson-kyil-khor, or "mandala of colored powders." In China, Japan and Tibet, mandalas can also be made in bronze or stone three-dimensional figures.

While constructing a mandala, Buddhist monks chant and meditate to invoke the divine energies of the deities residing within the mandala.
In recent years, a variety of mandalas have been created using computer graphics, although these are usually created by non-Buddhists and are not considered sacred. Tibetan Buddhism, which developed in the seventh century, draws its main tenets from Indian Buddhism: individual enlightenment, the liberation of all beings, and the development of compassion and insight into the nature of reality.

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