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Tibetan Sand Mandala at Portland Library

Tibetan Budhist monks of the Drepung Loseling order work on a sand painting mandala this afternoon at the downtown Portland Multnomah County Library. A closing ceremony for the completion of the mandala takes place Saturday, May 18 at 12:30 PM.
Tibetan Sand Mandala at Portland Library
Tibetan Sand Mandala at Portland Library
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The Buddha Amitayus Sand Mandala 11.May.2001 22:11

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The translator for the Tibetan Monks requested that I give some information to go along with the Mandala. In the interest of having some context with which to view this ritual, and not as some attempt at Buddhist explication, I pass on the following:

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"Mandala" means protected environment -- a pure land where the mind is freed to manifest its highest imagination. As a sacred, two dimensional blueprint of a pure landscape, a sand or particle mandala can bring healing to the ordinary person.

This mandala relates to the Mahayana teaching which has to do with helping other beings -- compassion. It is created according to precise, geomoetrical instructions and symbolism which are memorized and transmitted from generation to generation. It is always created the same way. Only the size may vary.

A mandala contains three levels: the outer level represents the divine universe, the inner level depicts a map toward enlightenment and the secret "inner" level represents the ideal balance between body and mind.