As mentioned last week, the Tibetan monks of the Sera Jey Monastery Tour are coming to visit us
The program is very rich and interesting, 4 intensive days are coming!
Every day 10 to 12 July 10 till 12 am and from 4.00 till 7.00 pm:
Construction of the mandala of colored sand carried out by the monks of the Sera Jey monastery
July 12th at 4.30 pm:
Ceremony of the destruction of the Mandala
July 12th at 9 pm:
Conference on “The Teaching of Buddha” conducted by Ven Geshe Sonam
July 13th at 5 pm:
Conference “Art, Mandalas and Sacred Geometry” conducted by the artist Fabrizio Ferracin, followed by a wine tasting
From July 10 to 13:
Exhibition of paintings of the artist Fabrizio Ferracin
No fee is requested, you can give whatever contribution you see as appropriate
The proceeds will be donated to charity for the restoration of the monastery.
What are a sand Mandalas?
Mandalas are drawn with colourful sands. Each Mandala symbolically represents the palace of the enlightened activities of a specific Buddha and his entourage. Every aspect has a symbolic meaning, nothing is arbitrary. For example, the Mandala of Avalokiteshvara comes from the tantric teachings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni and can be described as being the residence of the Buddha of Compassion.
The Mandala is used as a base to meditate on, invoke, make offerings and requests to the Buddha’s to spread their blessings and inspirations. Finally, the invited guests will return to their own abodes and the mandala will be dissolved with prayers. The blessed colourful sands are generally put in a river. One can keep some sand as a blessing.
In brief, the Mandala shows methods of bringing compassion and harmony into our world, through genuine practices of the mind of Great Compassion unified with the Wisdom of Emptiness used to meditate on the respective Buddha’s. Just to have a glimpse of the Mandala will create a positive impression on the mind of visitors, invite powerful healing forces and generate good karma.
According to time, Sera Jey monks can do mandalas with more or less details. That’s why in the list below is mentioned for example 3 to 5 days, etc.
Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
The term is of Sanskrit origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Tibetan Buddhism.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
In the mandala, the outer circle of fire usually symbolises wisdom. The ring of eight charnel grounds represents the Buddhist exhortation to be always mindful of death, and the impermanence with which samsara is suffused: “such locations were utilized in order to confront and to realize the transient nature of life.” Described elsewhere: “within a flaming rainbow nimbus and encircled by a black ring of dorjes, the major outer ring depicts the eight great charnel grounds, to emphasize the dangerous nature of human life.” Inside these rings lie the walls of the mandala palace itself, specifically a place populated by deities and Buddhas.
Mandalas are commonly used by tantric Buddhists as an aid to meditation.
The mandala is “a support for the meditating person”, something to be repeatedly contemplated to the point of saturation, such that the image of the mandala becomes fully internalised in even the minutest detail and can then be summoned and contemplated at will as a clear and vivid visualized image. With every mandala comes what Tucci calls “its associated liturgy [...] contained in texts known as tantras”, instructing practitioners on how the mandala should be drawn, built and visualised, and indicating the mantras to be recited during its ritual use.
By visualizing “pure lands”, one learns to understand experience itself as pure, and as the abode of enlightenment. The protection that we need, in this view, is from our own minds, as much as from external sources of confusion. In many tantric mandalas, this aspect of separation and protection from the outer samsaric world is depicted by “the four outer circles: the purifying fire of wisdom, the vajra circle, the circle with the eight tombs, the lotus circle.” The ring of vajras forms a connected fence-like arrangement running around the perimeter of the outer mandala circle.
As a meditation on impermanence (a central teaching of Buddhism), after days or weeks of creating the intricate pattern of a sand mandala, the sand is brushed together into a pile and spilled into a body of running water to spread the blessings of the mandala.
Source and for more information : Wikipedia
It doesn’t happen very often to be able to participate in the construction of a Mandala and share dinner and religious moments with the Tibetans visiting Italy.
We’re honoured to present you the Sera Jey Monastery Tour that will also visit us @Tenuta Tenaglia!
The tour is called “Compassion and Harmony” and will start in Italy at the B&B Casa di Creatività Natura Salute in Chiusa di Pesio (CN), where over the weekend of July 5 and 6th will take place the first stage of the tour.
The tour is coming to us on Thursday July 10th.
Soon you’ll find more information here so stay tuned!.
Here is the link of the tour’s internet page: Tour Sera Jey Monastery
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