From Borobudur to Daisy Flower
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 Ask.com). 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 Answer.com 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 –