Sunday, November 23, 2003

Dismantling of the Sand Mandala of the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery


This afternoon we all went to Nashua North High School to watch the
dismantling of the sand Mandala representing Compassion. After about
25 minutes of overtone chanting (beautiful and impossible to describe)
to mark the beginning of the ceremony the head monk gave some
background on Buddist beliefs, Tibetan culture and thanked everyone
involved. Then rather quickly the sand mandala which took four days
to create was swept up and then marched down the the river and
dispersed onto the water. The idea is the compassion embodied by the
art will be carried by the water to everyone who needs it in the
world.








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Completed Sand Mandala by the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery at Nashua Hi
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Sand Mandala (click for larger image)




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Sand Mandala (click for larger image)




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Sand Mandala (click for larger image)




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Sand Mandala (click for larger image)




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Sand Mandala (click for larger image)




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Deconstructing Sand Mandala (click for larger image)




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Deconstructing Sand Mandala (click for larger image)




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Deconstructing the Sand Mandala (click for larger image)







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