Impermanence

April 27, 2012

Monks at work on the Mandala

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The Tibetan Monks from The Drepung Loseling Monastery returned to complete another mandala and, as before, it was quite an experience to watch.

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Closeup of Mandala

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Monks at work on the Mandala

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Monk working on Mandala

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Several days are used to build the Mandala and when complete, it has height, width, and depth.  Very impressive.  When finished, it is swept away in a closing ceremony that takes a relative few minutes.  The goal is to teach the nature of impermanence-that nothing is meant to last.

Life certainly presents contrasts.  Yesterday, Terry Gross interviewed Edward Humes about his book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, and he closed the interview by saying something like “We make temporary products out of material that lasts forever.” That is certainly true:  the plastics we use stay in landfills and float in the ocean for the better part of forever. Normally it would be in my nature to include some photographs of trash to illustrate that point.

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

However, today I prefer to think about the peace that can be found with the message from the Monks.

Take care.

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