Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Creation and Letting Go...


I am fascinated by the Buddhist process of creating and dismantling sand mandalas.  The tradition, aimed at showing the transience of life and non-attachment to the physical world, fills me with awe and reverence for the cycle of creation and destruction.  

You can see this process unfold here.  The link shows the process that two Buddhist monks undertook over many weeks at the Ackland Museum of creating a large sand mandala and then finally dismantling it, collecting the used sand in a jar and ceremonially releasing it back into the elements from which it came. It is a breathtaking process to watch.  

What would our world look like if we could create and then let go of that creation back into nature with such grace and beauty?  Whether it's the death of a loved one, a relationship, a piece of art or a piece of ourselves, what would it look like to let it go with the beauty and grace with which it was created?  

tall penguin

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