Completed Sand Mandala

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Appreciating the Sand Mandala as a work of art, we are challenged to see beyond our own definition of art, with values on innovation and self-expression. In Tibetan ritual arts, collaboration in the execution of the Sand Mandala is considered to be more valuable than originality.

Below is the completed Chenriziq sand mandalon display for public viewing.
Sand mandala

Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

LDC members and visitors circumbulating and viewing the sacred art.

The Amithaba Pure Land Puja started at 3.30pm and ended at 5.30 for dinner break. The second session started at 7.30pm till 10.30pm followed by extensive light offerings.

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