I was recently privileged to be at Mandala Healing Center in West Palm Beach where I teach yoga. On this particular day, I was told that our Yoga room was being used by Buddist Monks to make a Mandala. This I had to see!!
I walked into the room and was immediately taken by the beauty of the Mandala. I was taking all kinds of pictures when three Tibetan Buddhist Monks walked into the room.
So what is a Mandala??
Mandala’s are sacred pieces of art work which are used to evoke healing, spiritual development and meditation. The word Mandala means “sacred circle” and is derived from the word “mandra” which means “container of essence.
This circle is said to represent wholeness, health, connection, unity, harmony and the cycle of life.
Mandala’s can be traced back through many ancient cultures including Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Hinduism and Buddhism. Through all cultures however, the creation of a Mandala is often a sacred process that can take weeks to complete.
All Mandala’s are created from the center out and take on the message or healing that is being evoked.
A traditional Buddhist Mandala also includes four quadrants which are said to represent loving kindness, compassion, sympathy and equanimity.
There is also a rich symbolism to all of the lines, patterns and markings on a Mandala and many psychologists including Carl Jung have studied the sacred meaning and healing potential of Mandala’s.
Sand Mandalas exist throughout Buddhist traditions worldwide, but Sand Mandalas are unique to Tibetan Buddhism. Instead of being painted or woven, they are made of millions of fine grains of colored sand.
First the site is blessed with music and chants.
Then a high-ranking priest will choose the location and the design. The Mandala is believed to hold powers of healing and purification.
The intricate Mandala is destroyed afterwards which signifies the Buddhist belief in the impermanence of life.
Afterwards, the sand from which the Mandala was made will be brought to a river or a stream and cast into the flowing water in order to disperse the healing and purifying power of the Mandala to the world.
Back to the three monks.
They were absolutely delightful as I watched them create this beautiful piece of art.
What a wonderful way to start my day!!.