Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. General Religion

Mandalas or Sacred Circles

See also

Mandalas are sacred circles and the word “mandala” is loosely translated from the Sanskrit as “circle.” They've been used for centuries as a meditation tool in Indian and Tibetan religions, but are also found in many other religious traditions, including Christianity. The beautiful rose windows seen in Gothic cathedrals are mandalas and Hildegard, a 12th century nun, created mandalas as a way to express the visions she had.

More Photos

Mandalas can be used as a spiritual practice, as you can pray throughout the entire experience of coloring or creating a mandala. Printed mandalas can be found in coloring books or online; you can create your own mandala on paper or another medium. The Art Is Fun website has detailed instructions on how to design your own mandala.

Creating a mandala out of fabric can be done as a group activity. You can read about how elementary age children in the state of Washington created a mandala patchwork quilt on the Mandala Project website.

You will find a beautiful, vast collection of mandalas on Pinterest, such as the mandala board of Practical Church Resources. There are other mandala boards on Pinterest as well, along with numerous mandala books for purchase on Amazon.

Advertisement

Life

  • Johnny Manziel
    Should Johnny Manziel apologize for his hard partying over the offseason?
    Today's Buzz
  • Crop circles
    Similar crop circles appeared in Germany and England within days of each other
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Advanced placement
    The AP program is gaining traction as a key component in college admissions
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Beach hats
    Beat the heat with the best summer beach hats for women
    Camera
    Beach Hats
  • Expectations for ministry
    Pastor preaches to newly ordained ministers about expectations for ministry
    Camera
    6 Photos
  • Medical symptoms
    See which symptoms should cause you to seek a doctor’s attention right away
    Camera
    6 Photos