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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Wednesday, July 25, 2001



4. Taking time to watch monks creating mandala


(The Daily News - Taranaki -NZ, 25 July 2001)
By JULIET SMITH

Hundreds of people have watched the progress of the Buddhist sand mandala at
Waitara - taking advantage of an opportunity most Tibetans never get.

Translator Gadhen Paljor, who is also from Tibet, said people in New Zealand
were lucky to be able to watch the two monks laboriously creating the mandala.

Tibetan people did not get the chance to see the monks working and would
normally only see a mandala once completed.

Mr Paljor said the monks were working on images of the four gates of the
Buddha's heavenly palace.

The squiggly lines represented enlightened beings residing outside the palace
gates and the initials in the inner circle of the mandala represent the five
different forms of Buddha.

Mr Paljor said the mandala generated love and compassion.

"For ordinary people like us it's a lesson for being patient, being contented
and being not so attached to things. And the idea of impermanence is in all of
the mandalas."

The Tibetan monks, who are from a monastery in southern India, are on a
year-long New Zealand tour making the Chenrezig mandala at towns and cities
throughout the country.

Monks who make mandalas undergo special training for two years at a monastery
specialising in arts. They commit a particular mandala to memory.

"Some people ask me why don't they do it with electrical machines. That is not
the point here. The point is to do it sand by sand," Mr Paljor said.

Mandala supporter Tarne Gracefield said 2200 people had visited Owae Marae to
see the mandala.

So many people had turned up for the meditation session, among many events
organised, that a public talk by Geshe Sangey Thinley would now be held at the
Owae Marae, instead of the Waitara library.

The mandala closing ceremony will be held on July 30, when the sand will be
dispersed into the Waitara River.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Muted defiance from Tibet monks (CT)
  2. Beijing refuses to budge (Guardian)
  3. Too eager to do business with Beijing (The Australian)
  4. Taking time to watch monks creating mandala
  5. Population in Tibet Doubles Over Past Five Decades (Xinhua)



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