The introduction provides an in depth exploration of how mandala patterns are everywhere - we find them in nature, in our everyday experience, in manmade objects, within our cells, and, as the centre of our own universe, we are part of an ever evolving mandala.
The chapter titles are Zero, Circle, Dyad, Triangle, Square, Pentagon, Hexagon, and Patterns. As the author moves from an exploration of zero to the circle we are taken on a journey into understanding how all the following shapes have as their starting point the circle - "All shapes spring from the womb of the circle, beginning with the dyad, an almond shape that represents the duality of two". Each shape is explored in detail and illustrated with colour photos - the majority of the images are from the natural world but there also photos of manmade structures.
This book is a wonderfully gentle introduction to the geometry that surrounds us and permeates our universe. Topics covered include the Golden Ratio, the Fibonacci series, spirals, helices, symmetry, and fractals. The numerous illustrations help bring the text alive. I love this book and highly recommend it if you are interested in mandalas and the geometry that surrounds us.
The book ends with 13 mandala designs that you can photocopy and colour.
The author, Lori Bailey Cunningham, is the founder of the Mandala Project a non profit organisation that promotes peace through art and education.