Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mandala, Buddhist Art

Mandala is a fantastic art form, made with colourful sand. They are made by Buddhist monks and are a form of prayer. It is a tradition which exists for the last 2.500 years. In the beginning the outline is drawn and after the monks cover them with various colourful sand by using small tubes and cones in order to be precise in what they are doing. 

To finish the Mandala the monks have to work on them for many hours. Some, due to the complexity of the shape and colours, the monks need a couple of weeks to find the final form. After the completion, the monks destroy the Mandala. The sand is then discarded. This tradition wishes to point out to the Buddhist that nothing is permanent in life. 

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