• The Tree and the Ocean: Labyrinth as Mandala

     The Tree of Life Labyrinth™ reminds me of Tibetan cosmology, which is depicted in the famous sand mandalas made by Tibetan Buddhist monks. In their religion, at the center of the universe is a pyramid-shaped mountain called Mount Meru (rirab lhungpo, in Tibetan) with precious stones on every face. A great ocean (chi gyatso) surrounds it, and an ancient tree called Yongdö Dölba grows on top. The tree-shape of the labyrinth is like Yongdö Dölba, and the nearby lake like the gyatso.