A lesson on impermanence


Each school of Buddhism has its own traditions, but they all point back to the same source, the same teachings.

This short narrated slideshow helped me understand the aspect of public ritual that is associated with the creation and destruction of a sand mandala:

Dissolution of the Chenrezig Mandala

As part of an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida in 2007, Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche and Lama Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche worked on the creation of this mandala for two weeks.



4 responses

  1. Yes, that is very awesome practice! One day we built with our kids a huge Lego pyramid and when we finished it at last, we demolished it right away. And then we used those Legos to build something else.

    Thank you!

  2. Joseph Campbell relates a story of some native American painters who did similarly ritual art but they always made a point to leave them unfinished unless it was for their own secret ceremonies. They were invited to a museum in New York to demonstrate their painting technique and the head curator begged them to at least finish one of the paintings so that the museum would have at least one ‘finished’ piece for their patrons to see. The Native elders laughed saying “If we finished this one, by tomorrow half of Manhattan would be pregnant!”