Thursday, March 27, 2008

White Dust and Mandalas

Artist Scott Wade lives on a caliche road (a mix of limestone dust, gravel, and clay) that coats his car windows with a white dust. He uses that dust to create temporary art. I couldn't resist sharing this Einstein. The impermanence of it reminded me of Tibetan monks making sand mandalas, so I am also including a Tibetan healing mandala below.

Impermanent Albert
By Scott Wade

A mandala is a picture that represents the world. Buddhist monks pray as they make these delicate artworks of sand. The monk-artists do not keep the mandalas, but dismantle them afterwards to symbolize the monks' belief in not becoming too attached to material things. After this mandala was dismantled, the monks poured it into a flowing body of water to symbolize sharing its blessings with everyone.

Tibetan Healing Mandala
By members of the Drepung Loseling Monastery

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