The origins of labyrinths, as a spiritual homing device, are lost in pre-history. They were found in Egypt, Greece, Europe, Asia and the pre-Columbian Americas. A prehistoric petro glyph of a labyrinth was found in Goa, West India has been dated to 2,500 BC. They are associated with various mythologies and come in a variety of shapes and layouts.
The labyrinth design used by Mt Stream is taken from the design used in Chartres Cathedral in France. The labyrinth there was built approximately in the year 1220. It has 11 rings with an overall diameter of 42 feet. Chartres Cathedral is a popular destination for pilgrimages, and it is thought that the labyrinth represents the long journey of a pilgrim.
The Mt Stream labyrinth is 34 feet in diameter with 9 rings.The length to walk in and back out is 1,100 feet (2/10ths of a mile). Brick was used to complement the brick exterior of the Mediation Center, and the brick allows the labyrinth to be flush to the ground. The 4 foot diameter center is an Archimedean spiral from the 3rd century B.C.
Funding for the Mt Stream labyrinth came from a generous donation. The layout was designed by Rick Dondro and constructed by volunteer Sangha members. We are grateful to have such a beautiful piece of living art on the land.
Enjoy the experience and walking practice while using the labyrinth.
Deep bows to all who supported the efforts in creating it.