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The Mandala Book

Patterns of the Universe
Hardcover Book
December, 2010
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Banyen's Description: 

The mandala is an archetypal symbol of wholeness that is replicated on a cosmic scale—not only in manifestations of art, architecture, and religion but also throughout the natural universe. The mandala represents concepts and primal patterns upon which all physical things are created. It is no surprise that we are attracted to mandalas because they illustrate the core of who and what we are.

The Mandala Book is a visual symphony of over 500 stunning images from nature and civilization, all related to the mandalic patterns and shapes that are explored in the text. Drawing from mathematics, history, science, and art, Lori Bailey Cunningham takes you on a journey that comprises the infinitely small to the immeasurably grand, from prehistoric petroglyphs to present-day works of art.

Magnificently illustrated with mandala images of the awesome, artful flowering of creation (from the tiniest to the vastest in scale), this unique book invites us to “look with new eyes.”

This book is about me and you and everything in between…It’s also about shapes and how they describe a very important part of what we are: connected elements evolving from, and revolving around a unifying center—the mandala. Recognition of patterns and shapes can profoundly affect how we see ourselves in relation to each other and the world in which we live, to embrace ideas that unite us, not divide us. In observing connections, we can establish associations that lead to kinship and the possibility of peace.

Interspersed with the satisfyingly broad and deep text—and fantastic images—are apt quotes from a wide variety of sources. At the end of the book thirteen beautiful mandalas are included to photocopy and color-in for fun or meditation.

From the most fundamental to the most grand, all things are composed of mandalas. Each shares a quality of emptiness and contributes to the creation of one vast, infinite mandala of which our finite minds cannot conceive…

Everything is connected; everything changes. Pay attention.

Publisher’s Description: 
The Mandala Book is a visual symphony, filled with 500 stunning mandalic images from nature and civilization.
Drawing from history, science, religion, and art, Lori Bailey Cunningham leads a journey that spans from prehistoric petroglyphs to Carl Jung, from tiny particles of matter to entire galaxies. She explains the concepts of mandalas, showing how they are at the root of life itself.

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