May 2010

Gone…

May 31, 2010

A monk poured the sands of the mandala into the waters of Morningside Park. Another monk threw these roses into the water; they’d sat on an altar near the mandala.

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Before and After

May 31, 2010
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A Lesson in Impermanence

May 31, 2010

The monks visiting New York from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Georgia destroyed the intricate sand mandala they’d constructed so meticulously. The following videos show them chanting at St John the Divine, playing music, and brushing away the sands of the mandala.

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Bodisattva’s Vow

May 30, 2010

Although I spent much of my time with His Holiness exhausted by the complexity of his teachings, I did awaken by the last day, although I am hardly a bodisattva (an enlightened being with an awakened mind.) I did have the good fortune to be invited by the Dalai Lama to recite the Bodisattva’s Vow, [...]

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Why the Dalai Lama Is Optimistic

May 29, 2010

He spoke to reporters during a break in his teachings to us:

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The Dalai Lama

May 28, 2010

I spent three days at Radio City as The Dalai Lama taught thousands of people, from Nagarjuna’s A Commentary on the Awakening Mind. My favorite passage, #70, reads: A happy mind is tranquil indeed; A tranquil mind is not confused; To have no confusion is to understand the truth; By understanding the truth one attains [...]

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Day Four

May 22, 2010

I stopped by St John the Divine again to see how the sand mandala was progressing.

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Watching Over Us

May 21, 2010

The Dalai Lama’s photograph sits in the middle of a beautiful altar, watching over the monks and all who come to visit. He is visiting New York this week, speaking and teaching at Radio City.

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St John the Divine

May 20, 2010

The monks are building their sand mandala in one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world. I had planned to put my mother’s ashes here, and she liked the idea. (Now plans might be changing.) There is always something happening, and people of all walks of life stop to listen under these gigantic gothic [...]

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Grain by Grain…

May 19, 2010

A sand mandala is made up of millions of grains of sand, laid in place using hollow pipes called chak-purs, through which the sand is vibrated into the design. It’s a vehicle to generate compassion, and highlight the impermanence of life and reality. Tightly balanced and geometric, the mandala houses deities, including the principal deity who [...]

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