Did you know that  mandala means circle?

What colors would YOU use to represent the Greatest Places in the image above? What elements?

How would YOU represent and arrange the greatest places and their systems using simple shapes and colors?

How do madalas ( Pronounced mahn-dah-lah ) relate to geography and place?   Often the shapes in mandalas represent in an abstract way forces of nature ( systems ) and directions ( places ).  After reading about mandalas, Josh made this mandala (left) to represent the seven greatest places. "The blue circle is the world and the seven triangles are the seven places. The colors I chose were based on the the most prominent geographical feature.  For instance, the dark green represents the Foliage of Madagascar & the tan represents the sand of the Namib desert. The 7 pointed star represents the life ( plants, animals and people ) of the places and shows how we are all interconnected.  The circle in the middle represent the traditional ideas of the elements: fire, water, air and Earth and the four directions, north, south, east and west."



Offsite links about mandalas:
In a marriage of high tech and ancient ceremony, Tibetan Buddhist monks intricately began building a sand painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Feb. 4, 1996. See pictures and Quicktime VR of the construction and deconstruction at the Houston Chronicle's web site.

Tibetan Monks answer questions about mandalas

Patrick A. George's Mandala page
Back to Tibet page  

Greatest Places Online 1999 Science Museum of Minnesota