Well its funny because Mandala literally means circle – and its not quite or exactly a circle is it? When we look at mandala bullet journal spreads they really just look like great doodles right!? The Mandala was originally from the Tibetan Buddhists, and while its a great looking geometric shape, I first learnt about its origins when living in Thailand. So its really deep! A mandala is a symbolic picture of the universe. It can be a painting on a wall or scroll, created in coloured sands on a table, or a visualisation in the mind of a very skilled adept.
Sometimes mandalas are associated with a symbolic palace. In the centre of the mandala lies the palace, which has four gates oriented to the four quarters of the world and is located within several layers of circles that form a protective barrier around it. Each layer symbolizes a quality (e.g. purity, devotion) that one must obtain before accessing the palace. Depending on the tradition it belongs to, inside the palace the mandala has symbols associated with different deities or cultural symbols such as a thunderbolt (symbol of the male), a bell (symbol of the female), a wheel (symbol of the Buddhist Eightfold Path) or a diamond (symbol of a clear mind) among others.
I thought it would be fun to include this post on “How to draw a mandala” for those who wanted to try it! And I loved this post particularly because it covered all the different types of Mandalas you might see or want to potentially use when drawing a mandala in your bullet journal.
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How cute are these Manadala washi tapes? You can grab them off Etsy!