The Mandala’s creation gave it life, it had its moment of existence and now like all living things it will pass and return to its origins.
These creations are temporary and in Tibetan culture they serve as a reminder of the impermanence of all things.
Lama Khedup Bhutia spent several days painstakingly pouring millions of tiny grains of coloured sand into detailed lines and beautiful patterns. Now he destroys his work in a few short moments.
The dissolution ceremony involves chanting, the clashing of cymbals and the ringing of a bell. The Mandala is separated with long cuts into eight segments and then it is wiped away with a brush. What took days to complete is destroyed in minutes.
Some of the sand was then released into the Brisbane River – returning it to the water and back to nature, what remains is offered in small bags to the attendees.
I have been privileged to witness this powerful demonstration, performed simply to guide our understanding of the fact that nothing is permanent.
Follow the 2013 journey of the Sand Mandala here.
Creating a Sand Mandala
Creating a Sand Mandala 2