From Borobudur to Daisy Flower

DSC_0962 Stumbul Hill

Could you see Borobudur from the picture?  This is a picture taken from Stumbul Hill.

Some facts about Borobudur (婆罗浮屠)in Java –

  • To rescue one person from death is better than to build a seven-storied pagoda for the god (救人一命, 胜造七级浮屠).  I thought this Chinese idiom is relate to the Borobudur in Java.  But the fact is – Borobudur is more than seven layer.
  • According to Wikipedia, Borobudur is built as a single large stupa, and when viewed from above takes the form of a giant tantric Buddhist (密宗)mandala (曼达拉)-  Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism.

About Mandalas – Mandalas often exhibit radial balance – The definition of radial balance is when all elements go out from a center point (from  The elements radiate out (放射)in a circular pattern.  Radial balance leads your eye towards the center).  One of the example of radial balance shown in Wikipedia (Image below) – Thangka (唐卡)painting of Vajradhatu Mandala.


Interestingly, there is a question posted in about radial balance.  Is Daisy flower an example of radial balance?  The answer is yes.   Because of this, not only now I imagine Borobudur as a big Mandala, I also imagine I actually stood on a giant daisy while I were at Borobudur.


Above – photo from Wikipedia by Jon Sullivan

Other reading about Borobudur –


2 Comments on “From Borobudur to Daisy Flower

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