Revolution of Peace, Kindness & Compassion
Click the image above to interact with the mandala. Hover over the image to learn the
meanings behind various parts of the mandala. For a list of all the parts, click the links below.
The Ring of Fire:
The outside ring of a mandala, known as the ring of fire,
serves as a boundary between the outer world, full of chaos, and
the sanctity found within the mandala. The mystical journey
doesn’t begin until one has left samsara, the world of
phenomena, and passed through the flames serving as the
Fire, a ritual element representing the wisdom found within
the mandala, is signified by stylized scrollwork found around
the outer edge of the mandala.
The Ring of Vajras:
Inside the ring of fire is a second ring, known as the ring
of vajras. In Sanskrit, vajras means both “thunderbolt” and
“diamond.” The thunderbolt represents truth and power, and the
diamond is a symbol for purity and indestructibility.
These symbols placed together within this inner ring
represent the starting point of unalterable and complete essence
and understanding, found within the mandala.
The Ring of the Lotus:
This third inner ring, known as the ring of the lotus,
symbolizes the journey of a mystic leaving samsara and entering
nirvana. The symbol of the lotus represents spiritual rebirth.
The roots of the lotus are in the mud, representing the
darkness at the beginning of the mystic’s journey. The flower of
the lotus is floating on clear water and opens to the sky,
representing enlightenment at the end of the journey.
The Inner Square:
The square found inside the mandala, past the inner rings,
looks like a traditional Indian temple and represents the palace
of the deity. The four doors are often guarded by the Lokapalas,
or the guardians of the four cardinal directions.
The Four Doors:
Above each of the four doors is a torana, an arch held up by
pillars. The pillars are decorated with various spiritual
symbols, and on top of the torana is a golden disk, a symbol of
Buddha’s teachings known as turning the wheel of the law.
The Four Triangles:
Within the inner square, there are four triangles created by
intersecting diagonal lines. Each of the triangles represents
the Dhyani-Buddha families of the four directions, north
(green), south (yellow), east (blue), and west (red).
The number four is also representative of completion and
balance, stemming from the four seasons, four directions, and
Found where the four triangles touch, the center of the
mandala represents the core of the universe. This is where all
things come from, and all things return to.
Pure wisdom is found here and splits into the four different
wisdoms represented by the four triangles in the inner square.
The mystic seeks to be one with this god; if achieved, he will
achieve reintegration into the state of Buddhahood.
Appropriately, the number one represents unity and the
initiation of a process.
Black: Signifies both ends of many
spectrums, including darkness/light itself, evil/purity and
mystery/clarity. Speaks of what can’t be known consciously, the
journey of the spirit and the complex emotions associated with
powerful spiritual experiences.
Red: Signifies life and the energy needed to
survive and seek enlightenment. Red also represents the fire
element, surging emotions, sacrifice and healing.
Blue: Signifies religious feelings and the
feminine energies of compassion and love. Blue is also
associated with relaxation and calmness.
Yellow: Signifies illumination and the
ability to see, as well as the ability to become what the
creator intended. Yellow is also associated with the sun,
especially its light and warmth that stimulate life.
Green: Signifies the presence of the deities
in nature and the process of death. Green also represents trust,
believing in yourself and autonomy.
Animals: Instincts and subconscious natures
Birds: Represent the human soul and its
spiritual transformation; symbolizes the wind element
Butterflies: Signifies transformation and
the life cycle (life, death, resurrection)
Circle: Eternity, the cyclical nature of
life and a protected space (the inside of the circle)
Cross: Known as the connection between the
spiritual and material worlds, where the two meet; axis of the
Drops: Represent rain, fertility, tears, and
the act of purification
Eye: Represents the sight of God, which is
everywhere and all knowing
Flowers: Renewal and spirit
Hands: The influence you can make on the
world; an eagerness for life
Heart: Love that brings happiness and
knowledge; the heart as the center of self and mind
Infinity: Crossing from the known to the
Lightning: Sudden illumination or spiritual
Rainbow: The connection between the gods and
beings; there are seven colors, and seven symbolizes a sacred
space and the highest stage of illumination
Spiral: A symbol of movement, the renewed
zeal for life through spiritual contact and subconscious healing
energies of your inner self
Square: Balance and stability; also a sign
of human effort versus nature’s creations
Star: A reminder that as a being with a
soul, you must seek out your destiny by making a connection with
your inner self
Tree: An axis of the world; a symbol of life
Triangle: Energy and enthusiasm that all
deities have; related to the number three, a symbol of moving on
the path to enlightenment from beginning to middle to end