Mandala 11 The word means circle or circle picture and "starting from the center". The reason for this is the circular form of the mandala, which today is replaced by other forms, but originally and mainly formed the image. Here is always a midpoint. The patterns and motifs are then distributed around this center. The term comes from the Indian Sanskrit. In Tibet, there is another term for the pictures, "kyilkhor". It is translated "center with radius".