This past week, the Dalia Lama has been in Washington DC to coincide with his 76th birthday.
He has also presided over Kalachakra ceremonies, consisting of extensive spiritual teachings.
These are once-secret teachings give insights into the microcosm of the human mind & body and the relationship to the macrocosm of the Universe.
The culmination of the Kalachakra is the creation & destruction of an intricate sand mandala, representing the Wheel of Time.
There are many aspects of Buddhist thought that have greatly influenced my view of the world. In particular, I have always found the creative process of the mandala to be a profound expression of transient existence.
Deliberately dismantling such a dedicated, detailed work is a contemplative symbol for the impermanent nature of all reality.