The word mandala is an ancient Sanskrit word translated to mean circle. Most mandalas are geometric configurations of symbols radiating out from a center point. Mandalas are used in many different religions from Buddhism and Hinduism to Christianity and Navajo. Within the circular patterns of mandalas, one can find common symbols used throughout the world. The center is the beginning or starting point and from there the design radiates. Triangles, squares, wheel spokes, and the sun are some designs that can be found in mandalas from around the world. Each shape can have different meanings depending on where the mandala originated. Mandalas can be thought of as a map or blueprint for their creator. A personal mandala, like the one the students will be making, is a map symbolizing the students’ journey.