The Arts Page | Tibetan Monks Sand Mandala

The Arts Page | Tibetan Monks Sand Mandala


– [Announcer] We tell stories at Milwaukee PBS. Here’s one you may have missed. – This monumental abstract
sculpture is titled “Ancestor”. It was created by the late
Japanese modernist sculptor, Masayuki Nagare. Nagare believed that
stones embody spirits. Ancestor is sculpted
from black granite with parts of the stone
rough and untouched, while other parts are
polished to a high finish. This work begs to be touched, and Nagare meant for it
to be fully experienced. And in nature, artists can
be inspired by everything, from great big rocks
to tiny grains of sand, also patterns found in nature. And recently, the Tibetan monks of the Drepung
Loseling Monastery visited Milwaukee, and they
spent a week at city hall creating a sand mandala. Their precise and captivating
meditative process involves laying down layers
of brightly colored sand, with intertwined
symbolic patterns. (chant) (bell chimes and drums) [Sandy] With ceremony
and reverence, the Tibetan monks of the
Drepung Loseling Monastery prepare the sand
that will become an intricately crafted mandala
of ancient spiritual symbols and geometric patterns. (Tibetan music) Created over three days, the mandala’s design
promotes peace and healing. (Tibetan music) Just as important
as its creation, the ritual of destroying
the sand mandala is a reminder of the
impermanence of life, and the blessings to those that
have experienced its beauty. (Tibetan music) – [Announcer] Watch The
Arts page on Milwaukee PBS, and watch online at
milwaukeepbs.org.

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