Design of the Day: Mandala Art

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This design is based on the concept of the Buddhists’ Noble Eightfold Path.

The 8-fold Path and The Four Noble Truths are ancient plans for dealing with the suffering humanity faces: suffering of the physical and mental kind. This concept is loosely represented by the maze-like elements held within a circular mandala design, accompanied by both the Beasts of Burden and of Wisdom, respectively.

According to the belief, the notion of suffering is not intended to convey a negative world view, but rather, “a pragmatic perspective that deals with the world as it is, and attempts to rectify it. The concept of pleasure is not denied, but acknowledged as fleeting. In our worldly cycle of birth and rebirth, only aging, sickness, and death are certain and unavoidable.”

Learn more here: PBS

This design was created as a t-shirt concept at Anthem Branding in Boulder, Colorado.

2 thoughts on “Design of the Day: Mandala Art

  1. Thank you for this. And I love this sentence “According to the belief, the notion of suffering is not intended to convey a negative world view, but rather, “a pragmatic perspective that deals with the world as it is, and attempts to rectify it.” I try to live by staying as present as I can. In the world that I am in. Right now. Having spent a lot of my life fantasizing about that “one day” when everything would be perfect, I now really appreciate my life as it is. I no longer look for the quick fix and I am aware when I am avoiding and distracting myself (which is VERY easy in NYC) from really staying with those intense and uncomfortable feelings that arise, that could be seen as ‘suffering.’ When I lean into that, I see that I am not suffering. I am just living. :) . hmmmm. You got me in a philosophical mood this morning. Now, pass me the donuts!

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