Nov 8, 2014 9:00 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos
It's been more than 2 weeks since a Tibetan Monk began creating the "Mandala of Healing" at Chico State.
Today the amazing piece of art was completed, then dismantled in a beautiful ceremony. Hundreds came out and filled the BMU center at Chico State to take part.
Losang Samten has spent just over 2 weeks designing the Healing Mandala, meant for environmental, physical, and mental healing.
The process began by outlining the design. Once the lines are drawn Samten meticulously placed sand creating the masterpiece. Every color, dot and lin represents an essential part of the deity.
A packed house joined in prayer as each stroke dismantled the artwork. Samten had the children in the crowd take part by giving them their own tools.
The detailed and symbolic layers, became a pile of sand, highlighting the importance of nonattachment and the impermanence of all things.
The ceremony came to a close at the creek where the sand was dumped, symbolizing the release of the diety into the world to benefit all beings.
Those who went to the ceremony got to take a piece of it with them. Losang wanted people to take home packets of sand from the Mandala of Healing to bless their homes.
If you want to check out how the "Mandala of Healing" got started, check out Jason Atcho's story here.