Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Kalachakra Mandala

See this set here.

Arizona Friends of Tibet sponsored the creation of this mandala along with the University of Arizona Bookstore. The sand painting was created by the Venerable Losang Samten, a former Namgyal monk and attendant to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I tried to visit the mandala at least once a week over the four weeks it was being constructed. Here are some of the photos I got over five visits, including the very moving dissolution service held Sunday, March 15th.

"The dismantling of such an exquisite work of devotion and purification of obstacles is a special ritual considered to be supreme offering for WORLD PEADE rather than just the simple destruction of an art installation. After the dissolution, the colored sand from the Kalachakra Mandala will be offered to the water...In the Tibetan tradition it is believed that through the medium of all penetrating water, the power of peace, love and kidness which is bestowed in the blessed sand of the Kalachakra Celestial Palace, will reach innumerable beings all over the world.

Peace on Earth.

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