Oriental art. a schematized representation of the cosmos, chiefly characterized by a concentric configuration of geometric shapes, each of which contains an image of a deity or an attribute of a deity.
(in Jungian psychology) a symbol representing the effort to reunify the self.

1855–60; < Sanskrit maṇḍala circle Unabridged
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mandala (ˈmændələ, mænˈdɑːlə)
1.  Hindu & Buddhist art any of various designs symbolizing the universe, usually circular
2.  psychol such a symbol expressing a person's striving for unity of the self
[Sanskrit: circle]

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1859, from Skt. mandala "disc, circle."
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Mandala definition

A system based on Concurrent Prolog, developed at ICOT, Japan.
["Mandala: A Logic Based Knowledge Programming System", K. Furukawa et al, Intl Conf 5th Gen Comp Sys 1984].
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Example sentences
In this bottom-up method of visual image building, the mandala slowly emerges.
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