Sand mandala in Hong Kong by Bhutanese.
Learnt about this spiritual practice for long and was amazed by a documentary. And now I got a chance to see it REAL! in Hong Kong!
A group of monk from Bhutan went to Hong Kong sharing their culture and believe, Vajrayana (藏傳密宗) for a week. Two monks drew it in the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre for 5 days. (details)
They just drew it by their own hands only. No tools or even draft on paper. All images / symbols are from their mind. They even crafted the stone and colour the sand by themselves! From preparation to the start of “drawing”, it takes at least 1 week. The drawing stage takes another 1 week. However, after that, it will be gone forever.
Each monk in the temple has their own practice. For sand mandala, it takes them more than 8 years to practice day by day. They need to be fully devoted and memorize all the mandala. Each mandala is representing 1 Buddha with their own blessing, lesson and meaning.
It is like an architect with three dimensional view. Not only about the material, Sand, has their height, but also the Mandala is actually the Buddhism temple in the bird-eye view. When they draw the mandala, they are building a temple. When we look into the Mandala, we are travelling in the Mandala with our soul. That’s meditation.
This is such a crazy work! Finally, I could see the real one! Impressive and unbelievably devoted spirit!