Mandala Creation

The local expert will give an explanation on the Mandala (meaning circle in Sanskrit), a mystic cosmic diagramand a representation of the universe. The Tantric Buddhist mandalas consist of an outer circle mandala and an inner square (sometimes circular) mandala consisting of an ornately decorated mandala palace placed at the center. The usual two dimension Mandalas can be painted on canvas and on walls. It can also be made with different colored grains or colored sand and is destroyed afterwards symbolizing impermanence (a central teaching of Buddhism). Every color and shape has a meaning in the mandala. Mandalas are commonly used by tantric Buddhist practitioners as an aid to meditation. We will then construct our own m andalas using colorful seeds as this is a much easier material to handle than rock powder. We will then destroy the beautifully crafted mandala symbolizing the Buddhist concept of impermanence.