Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tapestry 2 - August 19, 2014

After I wrote my former post for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for tapestry, I couldn't get the image of the creation and ritual destruction of the Tibetan Mandala out of my head.  There's a beautiful post which I'd earmarked some time ago that explains the various meanings behind the mandala and the proper state of mind one should be in when creating a mandala.  It's a very complicated long piece so I'll send you there if you're interested to know more about mandalas: 

Explanation of the Meaning and Use of a Mandala by Alexander Berzin - Munich, Germany, December 2003  
There's also a recorded transcript if you wish to listen instead of reading on the computer.

Another beautiful site can be found on "Tale of Gondo Monestary"    by T. S. Caladan.   I found this post very interesting because it not only talks about the materials used, with illustrations of the monks creating a mandala, but also writes about the ritual destruction of a mandala ... here I discovered that once the mandala is destroyed the sand is gathered into a silk bag and returned to the earth by pouring it into a river or any other moving body of water - you'll find this information in a sort of P.S. in the second part of the post.

The first part of the post is by the author's admission 90% fiction ... but it's a really great story which I enjoyed very much!

colored tapestries
meditation mandalas
world in harmony



endless creation
mandala of colored sands

endless story
tapestry of colored sand
imitating life

karmic symbol
Tibetan sand mandalas
representing life

(C) G.s.k. '14


  1. Thanks for adding the links to the mandala information and the story -- I enjoyed learning more about them. This is a great series - enjoyed how you linked the mandalas to tapestries and explored the impermanence and beauty of life.

  2. Thanks ... glad you enjoyed the links ... I found them fascinating. They actually look like tapestries and in fact some real tapestries have been woven over the centuries on the lines of the sand mandala.

  3. beautiful post Georgia. I love Mandalas, several years ago I had opportunity to give a class about Mandalas for my colleagues ... it was awesome ... Mandalas are such strong spiritual tools.

    1. Thanks for sharing this. How wonderful for you ... wish I'd been one of your colleagues.

  4. Lovely images and words. Information is very interesting. Certainly gives a feeling of the temporal state of life.

    1. I do so agree .. the symbology behind a sand mandala is very profound|

  5. Thanks... informative and inspiring :)


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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