Mandala is Sanskrit for circle, community, and connection.
It is derived from the root manda, which means essence,
to which the suffix la, meaning container, has been added -
a container of essence.
As for the center, that is the essence.
As for the circumference, that is grasping, thus grasping the essence.
The mandala is often illustrated as a palace with four gates,
facing the four corners of the Earth. The gates are guarded by
four doorkeepers, and to pass thru you must be purified thru
the fire of wisdom.
I did not name her Mandala. She was christened by the original
owner, Dr. Harold Pruett, when he purchased her in 1990. He had her
until early 2005, then another owner had her for a scant 7 months before
I bought her in late 2005. I thought about renaming her, but decided
not to, as I like the name, and decided it would be wrong
to rename her without even getting to know her first !
On these pages you can find out more details about
the boat and how
I came to own her, or if you would rather, you can find out more
about my adventures upon her by checking out
Mandala's Ships Logs, which
is organized like a photo album of each voyage I've taken.
You can also find out how I started becoming interested in sailing
by clicking the link below to my Early Sailing Adventures:
Also, since writing this webpage in 2006, in 2007-2008, I have become a full
time cruiser, having sold Mandala. I purchased
and am currently sailing her thru Central America. You can find out more about
my most recent cruising adventure by clicking on the links below:
Rhapsody Logs ...