What is a Mandala?

«Mandala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. In the Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions, their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective.»

About Regula Maeder’s Mandalas

My Mandalas are energy images for the 21st century. By this I mean that I do not use patterns, colours and symbols from the old religious traditions of Buddhism or other cultures. What fascinates and stimulates me, and what connects the Mandala creations of all times, is the circle with its center. It’s the primal symbol of wholeness that transcends all language. Without uttering a single word, this ur-symbol speaks deeply to every human being.
Thus the circular images become an invitation to perceive oneself as observers of our life energy, to stand outside and to fall into a meditative state. The interplay of colours and forms reflects the infinite possibilities of life. What remains unchanged is the resting pole of the centre in which we experience ourselves as observers.

I create my latest Energy Mandala creations by hand on the computer tablet. This boundless technology fascinates and inspires me to express the sensed energies in very differentiated ways.

The mandalas painted on watercolour paper originate from an earlier phase of her work. She used watercolour pencils, acrylic paint and metal foils. The size of the pictures is between 50×50 cm and 86×86 cm (incl. passe-partout). You can find these mandalas in the galleries “Hand Painted Mandalas“.