For further information and eBooks see: http://www.gardenvisit.com/history_theory/garden_landscape_design_articles/sacred_gardens/buddhist_gardens_vihara Mandalas are diagrams which illustrate, and explain, the cosmos. This can include its geography, the laws of nature and human nature. Buddhist mandalas explain the Buddha’s teaching – the Buddha dharma. It is both a philosophical system and a course of action. Sand mandalas are made in Tibet, as part of a monk’s training – and then swept away. They are aids to teaching and learning. So they can be simple or they can be extremely complicated. And making a mandala is a way of participating in the Buddha’s teaching. The outer region of a mandala represents the Earth, the galaxy and the universe. This is the world of samsara. It is impermanent. It is a place where everything which lives also suffers, changes and dies. The inner region of a mandala represents nirvana – an ideal condition in which the spirit is liberated from the cycles of death and suffering. Some Buddhists think of nirvana as a real place. Other Buddhists think of nirvana as a state of mind. Mandala diagrams often have Mount Meru, a palace and a palace garden at their centre. The diagram then explains the path from suffering to enlightenment. It is a path which requires, study, meditation and, above all, compassion. Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsChanging the Nature of Education – School Gardens (inspiring speech)Vertical Gardens Bring Nature IndoorsMarlene Llapur Waterfall & Landscape DesignGarden Design Ideas Photos For Small GardensJoan Dye Gussow – About Her Garden, Kids & NatureNATURE CAT | Butterfly Garden! | PBS KIDS
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