Having the Tibetan Monks in Pittsburgh this week, reminds me of my personal mandala of impermanence.
When I had a memory quilt exhibit of all of my parents clothing and textiles, I asked Kyoki from the Zen Center of Pittsburgh to help me create a ritual of loss. She suggested I unmake a quilt in the same spirit as the Monks.
I called it my Wise Woman Ritual using the symbol of a peacock, the symbol of integrity and the beauty proudly displaying its glorious colors. 43 women gave me their materials of memory. I made each into an individual feather-shaped quilt and attached them to a coat composed of the women’s signatures on pieces of my mother’s table linens.
The women came to the exhibit and each removed her feather to unmake the quilt.
I know how the monks feel after the sand has swept away- unencumbered and satisfied with a job well done.