Tibetan Monks were here and are gone. They came to teach us about impermanence by building and then destroying a sand mandala made of millions of grains of sand.

Formed of prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

Sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it spreads for planetary healing.

P.S. Link HERE for my own little act of impermanence.

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  1. Phyllis says:

    this particular mandala symbolized healing and they offered it up for healing and compassion. It is good to experience the moment and then let it go.

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