These Buddhist Sand Mandalas Take Weeks To Complete And Are Then Destroyed

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2:39 pm 6 Jan, 2016

You must be curious to know what these guys are making with so much concentration!

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This is a Tibetan Buddhist art form called sand mandalas.

Monks spend weeks to create designs with colored sand. They take approximately two weeks to complete! ezgif.com-optimize (14)

 

Mandalas were created with crushed and colored stones in ancient times.

Nowadays ground plain white stones are dyed with various inks.
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The entire design is made using sacred geometry and specialized measurements.

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Mandalas are made using special tubes that place the sand granules. Funnels and scarpers known as chak-pur are also used to sculpt the design.

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Monks work together on many mandalas as a team. They start from the center and follow the design outwards, one section at a time.

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Mandalas creation is a mode of active meditation. Once the design is complete, people are allowed to come and see it.


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When the mandalas are seen by everyone, a ceremony is conducted to destroy the design.ezgif.com-optimize (15)

 

If the symbol of any deity is present in the mandalas, then it is removed in a specific order.

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Different symbols are dismantled in a different order until the whole mandala gets dismantled.

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After dismantling mandalas, the sand is collected in a jar, wrapped in silk and carried to a river or an area with running water.

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After taking the sand to the river, it is returned to nature in order to symbolize the brief existence of our life and the world itself.

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The video shows us how, for a short while, we come and spread beauty all around and when we are done, our energy returns back to the earth!

Sources: wikipedia , timewheel.net
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