Attachment to Illusion

Mar 26th, 2011 by adminadam in art, videos

The Sand Mandala (Tibetan: དཀྱིལ་འཁོར།; kilkhor) is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life. (link)

Planning creation, planning destruction

You build a fire and then you light it…

Symbolism in each grain

Ceremonious cooperation

Beauty is fleeting, as are all things

Fine detail, fine labor, and karmic purification

Sweeping away the attachment…

Attachment to Illusion

A Mandala Destruction Ceremony

5 Comments

  • This is fucked up!!!! OMG

    • How so?
      You’re missing the whole symbolistic point of it all.
      Did you not read the opening paragraph?

      The Sand Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.

      Perhaps you should lay off the drugs. Not good for your brain cells!

  • The idea is that holding on to anything causes suffering. It is a testament to the impermanence of the world. Nothing last forever. The monks are selfless, and strong in faith. Not “fucked up” at all.

  • And then you make a photo of it so you can keep the image forever. Whahahaha fail !