Posts Tagged ‘impermanent’


Attachment to Illusion

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


Ocean of Glass

by adminadam in home

there is nothing wrong according to the universe
the universe is – it just is.
no wrong can be filtered in or out;
the filtering is personal,
stemming from personal bias and the unfortunately habitual mind.
the root of perception, the root of reality as experienced
is in the mind.
and again, there is nothing wrong in the mind,
except that which is learned,
but which can be unlearned somehow.
how now?
unlearning is very unlike learning for the first time:
learning is busy, and energy-intensive,
unlearning is noticing what we have learned, crystallized,
and putting it up to the light to be examined
not to be picked apart, but to see how the light shines through it:
how opaque is the thing we have learned, which now we can objectively see?
unlearning is noticing:
the structures of the mind are nothing more than the waves of a slowly creeping, icy liquid ocean
impermanent, but seemingly ominous, seeming not to move.
and yet all these things that seem so solid, especially those that seem most solid, are corruptible, transient, creeping through time like the glass creeping down the cathedral pane, painfully slow, gravity constantly easing it downward…
unlearning is not a breaking of the glass, but a feel, for its subtle curvature, to grasp at where things are going, no more…
unlearning is calm and peaceful, reflection naturally healing, restoring energy, enlightening
like light shining through the pieces of this slowly shifting ocean made of glass,
the mind like an ocean made of glass.
the mind like an ocean made of glass.
the mind like an ocean made of glass.