The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

A real live mandala in New York City!

by Kestrel Slocombe
February 4, 2014
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 17:08 -- Kestrel Slocombe

Exciting news from the Trace Foundation: they are “delighted to announce our support for a project at Asia Society this month. Monks from the Drigung school of Buddhism will construct a sand mandala over the course of five days, in conjunction with the opening of the Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery exhibition. The mandala sand painting is a sacred cosmogram representing the world in perfect harmony, and may be employed for focusing attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation. We hope to see you there!”

The Mandala Project writes, 

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.

This event will take place from February 19–23, 2014, 11:00 am–6:00 pm. Please visit the Trace Foundation’s website for more information.​


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