2004 - 2010 _ Urban Mandalas - El Forat de la Vergonya (The Hole of Shame) - Barcelona, Spain

The Tibetan mandala, a meditative circular drawing traditionally constructed out of colored sand-grains by Buddhist monks, translated into a western street version. Urban Mandala's are made from shopping bags stuck in fences in urbanized areas around the world. These Urban Mandalas are created with local communities reflecting site-specific challenges.

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Tibetan Vajrayana

A kyil khor (Tibetan for mandala) in Vajrayana Buddhism usually depicts a landscape of the Buddha land, a microcosm representing various divine powers at work in the universe. Mandalas are commonly used by tantric Buddhists as an aid to meditation.

More specifically, a Buddhist mandala is envisaged as a "sacred space", as a place separated and protected from the ever-changing and impure outer world.

To symbolize impermanence (a central teaching of Buddhism), after days or weeks of creating the intricate pattern, the sand is brushed together and is usually placed in a body of running water to spread the blessings of the mandala.

The visualization and concretization of the mandala concept is one of the most significant contributions of Buddhism to Transpersonal Psychology. Mandalas are seen as sacred places which, by their very presence in the world, remind a viewer of the immanence of sanctity in the Universe and its potential in his or her self.
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1) Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala


 
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