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The Mandala Book: Patterns of the Universe

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 o
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Sterling (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Anne Camille
Meh. I expected this to be a book containing reproductions of mandala with, perhaps, some discussion of the development & use of mandalas in various cultures. Instead, it is a series of photographs, mostly of natural items, grouped by various geometric shapes. The accompanying text reads like someone wrote a 7th grade project paper & then decided to lengthen it into a book. Absolute drivel. Lots of words about nothing. Yet, there is some gorgeous photography in the book which is enjoyable to loo ...more
Samantha McGuire (Mirror Bridge Books)
This is a grest mind expanding book that shows the mandala form and other shapes that show up in nature. It also includes tons of Full page color photos which are absolutely beautiful to look at as you read. Great book!!
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Lots of great pictures, but it seemed the author spent too much time to be mystical and philosophical. I did get a better idea of seeing patterns in nature that I had not noticed before and the mathematics were interesting. It was just kind of a weird blend that didn't work for me. ...more
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enlightening
If you are looking for mandala inspiration this is a book that will accomplish that. It gives you a wide range of nature and other inspirations with beautiful photos, and information about each item.
Tamara L.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buy-read
Excellent book for art inspiration especially if you admire nature + brief introduction to geometry and sacred geometry. The pictures in 'The mandala book' and the math-geometry analysis from 'A beginner's guide to constructing the universe' when combined can be perceived as a 'whole', a 'complete' pleasure to the eye, mind and soul especially in search of perfection and patterns in nature's chaos. ...more
Liu Yan
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i am into system thinking, this book has provided me with a lot of key insights inspired by nature and philosophy. IT is a book I would keep on my bookshelf for daily dose of inspiration.
Brenda Sedgwick
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gave this book to my daughter who is into yoga. She enjoyed it. Mandalas was a new word to me. Now I know.
Kelly Eveleth
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous photography and intriguing to read to make connections between art, math, science, natural world, and spirit.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
love, love this book.
Samantha McGuire The Writers Web Archive
This book is full of vibrant colorful photos of the mandala form in nature and the universe. it is a very interesting and beautiful read and would be a great addition to any library!
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful images, with mixture of math and philosophy. Loved it.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book really makes you see patterns everywhere - nature, architecture, art, etc. The photography is beautiful.
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book!And a fun read if you want to learn a little about sacred geometry.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Beautiful photographs. A wonderful source book.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
pretty pictures. Didn't get much else out of it. Was for my archetypes class. ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in mandalas
This book is full of beautiful pictures of mandalas that can be found in nature. I loved the imagery and the history found in this book.

I will definately be buying this book for my libary!
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