Sand Mandala – A Buddhist Practice
This art video offers you a insight into the world of the Buddhist monk and how they create their ‘mandala’ art as a way to express their practices and beliefs.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word which means ‘circle’ and are often concentric diagrams with spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism. In the Tibetan branch of Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sand paintings like the one featured in this video.
They can take hours to weeks to form and their intricacies and fine detailing really is stunning and is definitely something to admire. When the mandala is finished the monks take a second to appreciate it and then literally dispose of the design by dragging implements across it as a representation of life and death amongst other meanings. Utterly intriguing!