Monday, March 17, 2014

Making a Mandala: Five Monks, Five Days


Ever wonder how Buddhist monks make those elegant and intricate mandalas?  Last month, a group of monks agreed to construct a mandala for the Arthur Ross Gallery at Asia Society Museum in New York.

You can watch as the monks trace the outline of a cosmic chart. Next, according to the Asia Society , the monks begin a "drawing process,"which utilizes metal funnels known as chak-pur. Colored sand is scooped into these funnels and, using scrapers, monks add the sand to the design by means of a back-and-forth scraping motion over the ridges of the funnels."

It's a pretty cool process.

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