Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “society” or “group.” Once you stand in the middle of the mandala or the situation, you can see the panoramic view of all the directions. This is also connected with feeling unique or alone—loneliness. Only you can see this vision, rather than somebody else. If we are willing to centralize or stand in the center of what is, then we accept that “I am alone and my spiritual journey is my experience.” This is the real experience of freedom and independence. Then we begin to see that being alone is a very beautiful thing. Nobody is obstructing our vision. We have complete panoramic vision.
From "Secret Beyond Thoughts," in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Six, page 522.