monks from the Dalai Lama's Gyudmed
near the village of Hunsur in South
were touring the United States. They came to visit the
in California where I live. I had the good fortune to be with them
on various occasions listening to their message of compassion for
all sentient beings. On three of those occasions I watched them as
they created an intricate, ornate mandala from colored sand in a
wind free room.
Monks Making A Mandala
The first time I watched them I saw their patience, their slow,
meticulous concentration. There was no margin for error and they
made none. It was fine, detailed creative art. I had never seen
anything quite like it. It took them three days or more of
painstaking work to create the mandala, one grain of sand at a
time. And when they were done, they destroyed it with a whisk broom
in a matter of seconds!