Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.
-Sanskrit word meaning 'circle'. A symbolic drawing (or painting), generally in the form of a circle or square, used by various Eastern philosophies as a meditation aid, in the search for inner truth, C. G. Jung made a particular study of mandalas. The visual, symbolic representation of feelings or situations and various techniques inspired by the mandala are currently used by some Gestaltists.