Mandala tattoo by Matt Curtis
Rebecca, “Why a Mandala? I just like what they symbolise”
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. It is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.