This piece is based on tradtional Tibetan Buddhist mandala designs. Constructed of sand over several days, Tibetan mandalas are unique in that there is as much ceremony in their creation as in their destruction.
The Tibetan mandala is a tool for gaining wisdom and compassion and generally is depicted as a tightly balanced, geometric composition wherein deities reside. The principal deity is housed in the center. The mandala serves as a tool for guiding individuals along the path to enlightenment. Monks meditate upon the mandala, imagining it as a three-dimensional palace. In the design, there is always a wall protecting the temple and four gates to allow entry.
These gates represent The Four Boundless Thoughts:
According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. While constructing a mandala, Buddhist monks chant and meditate to invoke the divine energies of the deities residing within the mandala. The monks then ask for the deities' healing blessings.
A mandala's healing power extends to the whole world even before it is swept up and dispersed into flowing water—a further expression of sharing the mandala's blessings with all.
This item is finished with a solid pine frame that has been stained to a rich medium brown colour, it includes approx. 30" of black decorative chain to allow hanging in a window.
Actual size is 17.5 inches (approx 44.5 cm.) in diameter.
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