Sunday, March 23, 2014

Interpretation - Mandala

A group of monks create a sand mandala of myriad colours : A mandala is a sacred representation in geometric form, of the Universe. As per the Buddhist tradition, not only is the representation in the mandala important as a visual concept to focus one's meditation upon, but also the very act of creating the mandala, as a learning tool for monks. At the end of a ceremony, the sand mandala is usually swept away (representing impermanence) and allowed to flow in the waters of a stream.
An edited version of the article was published in Culturama's July 2012 Issue.

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