The mandala, for Losang Samten and other Buddhist monks is a way to represent nature and their faith by using the form of a temple set in symmetrical circle patterns. They rely heavily on symmetry and geometry to set a stage or ground for representative figures such as deities or the lotus. For the duration of the making of the mandala, the monk uses the practice as meditation and has a chance to focus on the different parts and to understand each part on its own. The two-dimensional  meditation world of the mandala is then dismantled, returned to nature, and the real world it represented returns back into the artist in a new way. A blend of symmetry, color and geometry make the form of the mandala universally appealing. The format is good for exploring a comparison of how the elements of nature interact and how we act so similarly towards one another.


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