A mandala is a sacred, consecrated space where no obstacles, impurities or distracting influences exist. Buddhists use mandalas to aid them in meditation and visualization. “All mandalas,” writes Tibetologist Detlef Lauf, “originate from the seed-syllables, or bija-mantras, of the deities. During meditation upon these mantras, an elemental radiance of light develops, from which comes the image of the Buddhas…. The whole external mandala is a model of that spiritual pattern which the meditating individual sees within himself and which he must endeavour to experience in his own consciousness.”135
Tibetans believe that the Kalachakra Mandala is healing for the ordinary person and can enhance the visualizations of the initiate. They also believe that anyone who beholds it with good will and faith will be reborn at the time of the Golden Age of Shambhala. Just to behold it plants a genetic impulse toward enlightenment.