Sand mandala: Tibetan Buddhist ritual

Sand mandala: Tibetan Buddhist ritual

Tibetan medicine and healing has
always been crucial to the Buddhist path so creating a medicine mandala is one way of healing the community
but also healing the environment. The word ‘mandala’ is a Sanskrit term
meaning container of essence. It is that sacred circle embodying
some sacred essence within. Originally they would’ve
used powdered stones, powdered gems – things like lapis,
malachite and so on. Today they use crushed marble
made into sand. The colours are very important, because they symbolise
different attributes of the deities. But in this particular one
that we have here it is all about the
Medicine Buddha and healing and what they create is a
heavenly palace all around him. Most of the monks have been in
monasteries since the age of about seven. They would’ve learnt
the actual art of painting a mandala
in the first instance. But to actually make a sand mandala
takes about five years to train, because it’s a very precise art tapping the sand out
of these copper funnels into these intricate
geometric designs. The prayers that the monks perform are to do with invoking the
presence of the Medicine Buddha and inviting the healing power to enter the centre
of the mandala. And then throughout when they’re actually
performing / creating the mandala, they are meditating on that same thought. and for those people who are watching every grain of sand
will give one a blessing. This form of Buddhism is about developing your mind’s potential, a way of transforming the mind, so the person who is
using this in meditation would imagine themselves as
the Medicine Buddha in the centre and they would try and
break down the barriers of their normal deluded life into the pure enlightened
mind of the Buddha. A very important Buddhist belief
is the impermanence – they don’t believe
that death is the end. it’s just a passing phase,
it’s our essence that carries on. But also that you shouldn’t
be attached to anything. So the idea of the destruction
of the sand mandala is really putting it
to bed, if you like. We return to the elements, so too is the sand mandala
returned to the elements.

28 thoughts on “Sand mandala: Tibetan Buddhist ritual

  1. when I make a sand mandala, like that, I'm going to take outside on a windy day and let it all blow away peacefully.

  2. To be speak the truth: Monks are on a completely higher existence when it comes physiologically and spiritually due to the fact of not wasting their times on phones, politics, power, objects and how Canadians make the best syrup.

  3. Imagine taking one of those mandalas after having been completed; and putting it into an oven so that the sand gets converted to glass. Glass, being a liquid, will eventually deform the original image, thereby still holding to the idea of impermanence; but it would have greater staying power than it has in the form of sand.

  4. this is so beautiful (the colors especially like pop art kind of)^^ but I also want to use this theorie of creating and then destroying but I will not draw mandalas but draw other art pieces and destroy them afterwards by burning them 😀 haha because I get to attached to my music and art and this hinders my flow and experience of the moment, I am to fixated on the outcome.! 🙂 I hope this will help me in life^^ 😀 🙂

  5. Did you know that mandala was actually originated from Hinduism? Yeah, it's true. We Hindus make small scale sand mandalas everyday near the house entrance as an ancient tradition. Wherever they are made, they are beautiful bring positivity to the environment. But I gotta say, Buddhist mandalas are really beautiful and spiritual.

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