As I look at this abstract Art mandala, I suddenly realise that there is a mandala, an abstract mandala…
Mandala is an ancient Tibetan art form like the Thangka paintings (painting prayer flags).
A mandala is an art form which represents the eternal cycle of life, the wheel and there is no way to identify where a mandal begins and where it ends.
This ancient art form teaches us a lot of things.
1) Life is the unceasing wheel.
2) Life is a never ending process.
3) It is a beautiful creation and up to us if we want to keep it beautiful,current trends are against this art form.
4) The art form tells us about the fourfold truth of Buddhism.
The First Truth– presence of suffering.
The Second Truth– to find and determine the cause of suffering.
When we desire we suffer, ignorance make sure us suffer. Ignorance here implies all kinds…ignorance about the world, about life form, about the ways of life in earth, the highest ways which exist and the ones which we should follow.
Desire need some no explanation in today’s world. But, desire becomes a pain beyond a certain point.
The Third Noble Truth– the truth of the end of suffering, has two meaning—@) It means an end of suffering everywhere in this world- on the physical realm.
@) It means an end of spiritual suffering. Nirvana is the term used for it.
The Fourth Noble truth– the methods for ending suffering. The methods are through the noble eightfold path.
1) Right Understanding,
2) Right Thought,
3) Right Speech,
4) Right Action,
5) Right Livelihood,
6) Right Effort,
7) Right Mindfulness and
8) Right Concentration.
Moreover, there are three themes into which the Path is divided:
good moral conduct (Understanding, Thought, Speech);
meditation and mental development (Action, Livelihood, Effort),
and wisdom or insight (Mindfulness and Concentration).