World Day of Prayer Mandala Project

Creating Loving, Playful Mandalas

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle.”  It represents wholeness.

Per, “The mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as the conceptual circles of friends, family, and community. Tibetan Buddhists believe that a mandala consists of five “excellencies”:  the teacher, the message, the audience, the site, the time.” Please visit to learn more.

In this World Day of Prayer exercise, I have provided you with six blank mandala patterns for you to print and then create your own personal mandalas within and around. I have also created three mandalas that you can print, then color or embellish as you desire. 

I find creating mandalas is a lovely, creative conversation between my inner and outer self, Divine One, and the paper. A message may travel from me to Divine One, or Divine One may flow through my pen and teach me as I relax into the creative process.

Enjoy with peace,

Marilyn V

USC Westlake Prayer Chaplain 


Please click here for examples of mandalas.

Please click here for your mandala starter kit.