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As frequent visitors to this small niche of the internet know I have been intrigued by the Mandala art form for well over 25 years. Both the traditional Tibetan sand mandalas and thangkas as well as more contemporary forms, especially those produced by fractal design. I have been using the Ultrafractal software for well over ten years, one of the finest creative programs ever produced for the PC.
In common use, 'mandala' has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective.