Impermanence

The Mandala, Tibetan sand painting, is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. The mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or “world in harmony.” Mandalas are drawings in three-dimensional forms of sand. In Tibetan, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor which means “mandala of colored powders.”

Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form. The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the particular esoteric, textual traditions of Buddhism. It is a transient art form, thought to have originated in India and been transferred in the middle ages to Tibet. The sand mandala is constructed as vehicle to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and a social/cosmic healing of the environment.

I saw the Dalai Lama do this years ago in Victoria, BC. It took 4 monks two weeks to build this gorgeous sand mandala. Not only was it one of the most beautiful art I had ever seen but also one of my seminal life lessons…clip is from “Samsara”…