White World Bridger Wavespell of Detachment

by Mariela Maya

CIMI Poem

Tibetan Sand Mandala
and the Power of Detachment

Based on Hinduism and Buddhist traditions, Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means ‘circle’ and symbolizes the Universe and harmony in all existence.

Sand Mandalas are a beautiful form of art that teach us great lessons of detachment. Tibetan monks work in a sacred and ceremonial environment for several days or weeks in the creation of an elaborate mandala made out of colored sand. Once it is completed, the mandala is dispersed and swept away in a closing ceremony where the sand is poured in flowing waters as a way to return it back to nature while spreading its blessings and healing intentions.

This spiritual practice of creation and destruction entails a meditation process of focused attention and patience reminding us of the illusion of material permanence and the cycles of life of birth, death and re-birth.

Back in December of last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Menil Collection in Houston where Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery created a beautiful Sand Mandala of Compassion.

After outlining the mandala on the canvas or table based on specific measurements, the monks started drawing it with the colored sands from the middle outwards. All colors and designs had a meaning and included the marking of the four gates or directions (East, West, North and South). They explained that the moment of destruction represents the end of life, where consciousness leaves the body to join the next life. You can click on the left image or here to see a video that shows this process (minutes from 1:33 to 6:00). You can search in the Internet for Sand Mandalas to see other amazing images.

What a great experience of enjoying the process without being attached to the outcome!

In Lak’esh & Munay,

Mariela Maya
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mariela [at] mayankin [dot] com
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In Lak’esh means “I am another yourself!”, a Mayan greeting that recognizes the Divine in each living Being. It’s a message of Unity that reminds us that, when we give, we are also receiving. In this way, the Mayan honored and respected each other, reinforcing the belief that we are all interconnected: what we do to others and to our environment will also affect ourselves in the end…

Munay means both ‘Love’ and ‘Beauty’ in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Munay, translated as ‘To love’, is one of the three principles of the Andean way.

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