What is a mandala?
What do mandalas look like?
A mandala is about symmetry, balance, and calm. In Tibet, people often make mandalas out of colored sand. These designs are beautiful, but they only last one day and then people sweep them up. They remind people that nothing lasts forever, and change is part of life.
Make your own mandala
You can make a mandala out of colored sand, or by drawing in the sand at the beach, or with a pencil or colored markers on a piece of paper. You can make your mandala alone, or as part of a group, each making their own piece of the mandala and learning to work cooperatively.
What will be at the center of your mandala? What kinds of things will go around the outside? How many rings will your mandala have? Will you save your mandala project, or say goodbye to it when you are done?
Buddhism in China
Buddhism in India
Also check out this project to make a gold Buddha statue.