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Book Review: Mandala Source Book

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Ice Crystal is a natural mandala

Ice Crystal is a natural mandala

David Fontana and Lisa Tenzin-Dolma are the authors of Mandala Source Book.

Their book is rich with information on mandalas and symbols and contains instructions for beginners on how to meditate with a mandala. You will find included 150 drawings of mandalas in exquisite colors.

Fontana and Tenzin-Dolma assert that meditating on a mandala will help you find harmony and increases your awareness and well-being.

The book was first published in 2005 and then re-published several times with the last time in 2019. David Fontana, who is one of the two authors, died in 2010.

What Are Mandalas?

Mandalas are things of beauty and loveliness that embody what is deep and lasting in ourselves. Their beauty conveys their significance and stimulates harmony.

The authors say that when you meditate on a mandala, there is a strong chance that you get a deep insight into the cosmos. This understanding of the cosmos or an aspect of it, does not solve its mysteries, but might help us to comprehend a facet of its remarkable immensity.

The authors affirm that meditating on a mandala helps you to:

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  1. Reach your still centre for inner emotional and spiritual support, to build your self-esteem, and to boost your creativity.
  2. Inspire you to focus on and delve into your relationships to find new ways of developing yourself by forgiving and accepting adversity.
  3. Find the strength and resourcefulness to prevail over sickness and feelings of loss and loneliness. This way you come out from times of difficulty feeling revitalized in your heart and your mind.

Different Kinds of Mandalas

Mandalas can be:

  • Geographical shapes and symbols such the cross, the triangle, and the ying-yang.
  • Mandalas of creation such as the play of lights and shades, life and death, and the change of the seasons.
  • Colors and their considerable influence on our emotions and moods.
  • Numbers and their hidden symbolism.
  • Natural elements such as earth, air, fire, and water; like when you meditate on a candle or a Zen garden.
  • Eastern designs.
  • Floral motifs.
  • The animal world.
  • Middle Eastern carpet tradition.

Symbols of Love

The symbol of a heart is widely used. The heart is to a considerable extent the best symbol for love. The shape of a heart is like a stretched-out circle and like an inverted triangle. In meditation circles, an inverted or upturned triangle means the divine, the life force coursing down from above into the material world.

A rose is another symbol for love. Its lovely arrangement of petals forms a wonderful mandala.

Mandala Meditation

The healing process involves noticing and acknowledging patterns that you might have rebuffed in the past. A “simple recognition can allow you to start making changes”.

You approach a mandala like you would a good friend. Just as you let a friend talk to you without interruption, let the mandala of your choice help you to meditate. Cast your will aside during meditation, and do not try to make it happen. The best approach to meditation is to simply let it happen.


I strongly recommend this book to those who are keen to grow their self-acceptance and to give a boost to their awareness. You will find ample information on how to start practising meditating on a mandala.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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