In the state of consciousness natural to the field within the mandala - that of Self-realization, or non-duality - such opposites as inner and outer, or subjective and objective, male or female, matter and spirit, are all grasped as connected, married, ultimately unified. - Pema Chödrön
Your consciousness, your soul, is the center of this mandala, and the rest of the universe is the environment surrounding it. The totality of the mandala is unfolding according to an intelligent pattern; it is a dynamic mandala. - Chuang Tzu
Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view awakening is right at your fingertips continually. - Denise Patry Leidy
That said...the word Mandala is derived from the root Manda, which means essence, energy or spirit, and by adding the suffix la to any Sanskrit word, it becomes the container or vessel for it; thus revealing the Mandala as a container for essence, energy or spirit. - Jose Arguelles
The mandala is a map for spiritual transformation. - June-Elleni Laine
The center of the Mandala is the Now-moment, where, through the quality of attention, we constantly create ourselves anew. - Padmasambhava
The study of mandalas often includes contemplating the core of reality, what is at the ‘true center’ of the world in which we live. - Lori Bailey Cunningham
Each person's life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle.
We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.
We enter a room, and the room is our mandala. We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala, down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner. We go for a hike in the mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala: the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peeks, even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner. We're lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala. We don't set it up, we don't get to choose what or who shows up in it.
It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, "the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete." And we embrace it just as it is.
Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually. There's not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn't the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn't a doorway to sacred world. But it's up to you whether your life is a mandala of neurosis or a mandala of sanity.