The sound of healing, the sound of the universe entering the inner world of my ears. This is what surrounds me as I set out to work on my blog. I am gaga over this new app discovery of www.mynoise.net. I am not 100% sure of how to work the tones, drones, sounds, overlapping, etc. quite yet but the Tibetan throat singing and the digideridoo combination is amazing. Check it out, either downloading on your phone or on your home computer.
Speaking of Tibetan monks, the buzz at Moyo all this week, is monks, monks, monks. These kind, compassionate, down to earth individuals have been at Moyo since Monday and are creating an Interfaith Mandala. I will include some recent photos but if you have the chance to stop by and see it for yourself, it is so worth it. We’ve had numerous visitors both old and young come to the studio between 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and then again in the evening. Sunday is the Dissolution ceremony,
not to be missed.
The Sand Mandala
Mandalas constructed from sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing. Typically, a great teacher chooses the specific mandala to be created. Monks then begin construction of the sand mandala by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music. Next, they make a detailed drawing from memory. Over a number of days, they fill in the design with millions of grains of colored sand. At its completion, the mandala is consecrated. The monks then enact the impermanent nature of existence by sweeping up the colored grains and dispersing them in flowing water.
How Mandalas Heal
According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. While constructing a mandala, Buddhist monks chant and meditate to invoke the divine energies of the deities residing within the mandala. The monks then ask for the deities’ healing blessings. A mandala’s healing power extends to the whole world even before it is swept up and dispersed into flowing water—a further expression of sharing the mandala’s blessings with all.
The historical Buddha, founder of Buddhism in India during the fifth century B.C.E., taught the impermanence of existence. Tibetan Buddhism, which developed in the seventh century, draws its main tenets from Indian Buddhism: individual enlightenment, the liberation of all beings, and the development of compassion and insight into the nature of reality.
Find out more about the Art of Buddhism
In 1416, the Drepung Monastery was established in Lhasa. Its largest department, Loseling, or the Hermitage of the Radiant Mind, housed more than thrDrepung Loseling Monastery
Sorry no pic but imagine the most swaddled, warm savasana where you can feel safe, supported and where you can invite your limbs, your entire body to rest in this cocoon-like environment.
Props: 1 or more blanket, neck roll, eye pillow and any other supportive props.
Standing up if you can, wrap one completely unfolded blanket around you like a toga. Come down
to your mat and set your legs straight out on the mat with support under knees if needed. Add your neck pillow and eye pillow and any other weight, warmth that you need. Stay for as long as is comfortable with conscious breathing.