February 16, 2011 at 3:26 am | Posted in research | 4 Comments

A Mandala is an artwork created as a representation of one-ness, of the Universe composed as both container and contained, the animate and the inanimate. Once created, monks will ponder the Mandala as a pathway to the understanding the cosmos.

Visually, they are always circular, and described as being diagramatic, schematized, technical and precise. Mandalas can be seen painted on cloth, the ceilings of temples, as murals, fashioned by metal, wood, or stone, colored threads and sand.

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I found a great time lapse video ( ) of monks creating a sand Mandala over a period of 6 days.

The Monks begin by laying and measuring the lines that will guide the symmetries and shapes of the Mandala.

I don’ t know how many people worked it, but sometimes as many as 5 people would be working on it at once.

Once complete, a prayer is said. The Mandala will soon be be destroyed as an offering of the universe.

The Sand Mandalas take days to create and minutes/hours to be swept away. The impact of their creation lives on as a sacrifice to the unity of the universe.

tabula rasa.

This Mandala was made @ Emory University as part of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiatve (ETSI). The Partnership brings together the intellects of Western Science and Tibetan Buddhist Spirtuality. The professors sent to Tibet teach of subjects of Cosmology, Life Sciences and Nuero Sciences.

Our Project: What ETSI is doing is like what we are researching with math and Mandalas, this combination of ways of ‘knowing’ unity. Both are created as pathways to understanding the universe; linking the science and the spirit. The duality! The dinergy!

…. and the idea of IMPERMANENCE. The energy of the artwork living on past its actual creation. The art becomes intangible, existing only in a moment. This reminds me of some spatial time lapse videos, specifically those done by blu and sand videos.

The Circle and The Square.


The use of BOTH creates UNITY through DUALITY.

It was begun in 2006 by Director Geshe Lhakdor of the library of Tibetan Works & Archives met with Emory Dean Robert Paul.
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  1. Thanks for posting this.
    At first when I heard Mandala it was a hard to imagine the procedure..
    It is a master piece

  2. I had no idea of the process before I started researching. It’s so beautiful, knowing its purpose and how it is made elevates it to another level of complexity.

  3. that was one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever watched! :*) like especially when they sweep it all up into the water to go out across the earth … if those different colored sands are really individually collected that is amazing!

    yes the meaning of the mandala as an artform is just so beautiful its everything we are talking about…getting down to just shapes and colors…

    and thats so amazing your right I think they all appear to just be done with CIRCLES and SQUARES… amazing UNITY and DUALITY … okay I feel this is an important discovery step that we should take note of … and try to incorporate into our analysis

  4. yes thank you for posting this, I’m sorry I should have posted my research about it from last semester to help explain why I keep talking about mandalas lol! ill do that right now

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