Therapy using method with possible Budism origin
Reuven’s daughter is in a therapy program which uses art to help her calm herself and train her. The art used is called “Mandala” which according to the therapist is described as follows: “A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. In fact, “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. Mandalas generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.”
However, when Reuven googled Mandala he found that it is described as follows: “Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point.”
Is this type of therapy permissible?
The mandala itself is not an idol or used for idol worship, but rather to symbolize the universe. The fact that they attach spiritual signifigance to this form is of no concern. As long as the intent of the therapy is for healing purposes by means of calming and the like with no religious signifigance attached or intended this would be permissible. This applies to various forms of yoga, meditation, chanting and the like.