Just saw an amazing Mandala Exhibition in Ubud, Bali. Ubud, is the home base of most Balinese artists. Below are some mandala paintings from artist Dewa Nyoman Batuan. He paints these amazingly intricate and meditational paintings that represent all aspects of life. Brief history on mandalas-
The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean ” whole world or healing circle.” It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and 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. The Traditional Mandala is a complex design that is used in religious practice for meditation or contemplation.
After one views this art exhibit you are encouraged to go into a separate room which exhibits more mandala paintings and then choose one to mediate with. I did this and felt an inner peace that was much-needed once I completed the mediation. It has now inspired me to create my own mandala painting for personal use. If you are interested in creating your own Mandala below are two links I found useful to help you get started.