The Tibetan word for "mandala," dkyil-‘khor , translates to "that which encircles a center." A mandala is a sacred geometric figure that represents the universe. When completed, a mandala becomes a sacred area for deities to gather and a collection point of universal forces. When meditating upon a mandala and proceeding to its center, a person is symbolically guided through the cosmos into reality. Lines are drawn through the center dot to the four corners. These lines are then used to construct a square "palace" with four gates. The quadrants also represent the four boundless thoughts: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathy and equanimity. In addition, they may also represent the four directions: south, north, east and west.