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Creating a 'world in harmony'

Original post made on Nov 16, 2012

Five monks from the Drepung Loseling Phykhang Monastery in India spent Nov. 9-11 at Be Yoga in Palo Alto crafting a colorful sand mandala, which in Sanskrit means "world in harmony." Photos and video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 16, 2012, 9:32 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by Gethin, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

This was a very beautiful event to hold in Palo Alto. Being able to watch the monks create the mandala so closely was fascinating.

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

If yu ever get a chance to see the monks create these sand mandalas, it is an amazing creative process which takes hours and hours. Later, it is all swept away as an illustration of impermanence.

Most Tibetan Buddhists that we see in this country are from India, Nepal, New York, or Colorado, as China does not allow Buddhism to be practiced in Tibet, other than as a tourist attraction. The aforementioned locations have sizeable Tibetan populations and Tibetan Buddhism Centers. Nova Scotia actually has a Tibetan Abbey.

Posted by Jack, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I think this is the same group that created a sand mandala at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto early in 2011. Watching it being made was really an amazing experience, as was letting all that beauty go when the patterns were destroyed at the end.

Posted by Jack, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I found some more detailed photos of the sand mandala that they made last year at the UU Church:

Web Link

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thanx, Jack!

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

The Christian narrative is -ashes to ashes-dust to dust

With the Christian opera in between-followed by eternal life.

We like the Christian opera etc.

We understand that the UU does not define itself as a Christian denomination so the sponsorship of this- actually Tibetan ritual-makes sense for them.

as the spirit of the ritual is to eradicate the mandala-how to they feel about the photos?

Seems inconsistent with their beliefs

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