Great Compassion Sand Mandala

Great Compassion Sand Mandala


The mandala is a symbol of what they
call a Buddha, and when they make the mandala the monks are praying for peace
in that region and for the beings in that region to be happy. There are many
different colors for mandalas but there are five particular colors that
most mandalas have and those colors are white, blue, yellow, green and red. So
for four days, first they draw a diagram on this big wooden square, about three feet
by three feet, with different white lines on it, and then they kind of paint with
small pieces of sand and these little cone-like tubes [to to to to to to to to to]
small large patterns first and then they do another layer on top of that. Tibetans say [Buddhist mantra] and you
can’t really translate a mantra, but its general meaning is “may the hearts
and minds of all beings grow in compassion.” [Chanting mantra] I think it’s a very powerful experience
to see how some people focus their lives on the most important values in the
world for them through ritual, through community, through action, through art. But
also to see it from a culture that’s far away and to see that they also, like us,
are human beings that care about peace, that care about joy.

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