1. Oritte

    I love how you explore the notion of impermanence and how we strive to capture that on the page… thereby making it permanent. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Melodye Shore

      Thank you, Oritte, for stopping by to read and comment! I suspect we all have different takeaways, but this made sense in the context of who I am, as a writer.

    • Melodye Shore

      It is called a vajra…if you visit the link to the original post (first paragraph), you can see it pictured there. Using the pointed edge, the monk goes from corner to corner, edge to edge in a specific pattern, to break up the design. Then the sand is swept toward the middle. Participants are given vials of sand to take home with them, and the remainder is returned to the ocean, its place of origin, as a blessing to all beings. Hope this helps clarify the process. I’ve never seen it firsthand, so I’m relying on these videos, plus personal interviews with the monks that built the sand mandala for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday.

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