Monday, May 30, 2011
Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandalas in Chapel Hill
It was an incredible sight, watching Tibetan monks take first what looked like a shaver, and then a brush, and brush away the intricately wrought sand mandala in Chapel Hill, NC this afternoon. The rituals before hand were fascinating: chanting, playing of loud horns, drums, cymbals; and then an explanation of the mandala, followed by the de-construction of the mandala, representing the ideal of Buddhism.
And the point? The impermanence of us all, of everything, of totality.
On pilgrimage, everything is, equally impermanent. I've learned and am learning to enjoy the moment, "be where my feet are planted" (12 step works), and living for today.
On this Memorial Day, we honor the impermanence of it all.