July 8, 2013

"A group of Tibetan monks will spend a week, beginning Sunday, creating an elaborate piece of artwork near Spring Green out of tiny grains of colored sand."

"At the end of the week, the artwork, called a mandala, will be ritualistically destroyed and tossed into the Wisconsin River, symbolizing the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life."
The work-in-progress can be viewed daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a special ceremony on Sunday around 9 a.m. to begin the work, and another around 9 a.m. on July 21. ("The monks kind of operate on their own time," said Juliana Broek, who is helping to organize the event.) At 2 p.m. July 21, the mandala will be dismantled and taken to the Wisconsin River.
What are you working on now that is like that mandala?


Ann Althouse said...

What is the sound of one commenter commenting?

Meade said...

Clap, clap.

Meade said...

from Karen Alvarez:

Perhaps the same as that tree falling in the forest?

Btw, I commented maybe twice as NothingCleverComesToMindDamnIt (or something like that). Sorry to see the comments needing to be removed. I lurked, and learned much, everyday from many of your thoughtful commenters. We both could probably agree on who they are/were. Sad that some had to ruin the experience for many.

But I also enjoy the breadth and depth of the topics you choose to read and then blog about, Professor. I could come here and your posts (and commenters) would start my "linking" and reading adventures for the day. Of course sometimes I *would* get caught up in that time warp of link Hell which is a bear from which to extricate oneself. Best of luck with your 'new' format.

Meade said...

from Irene:

"What are you working on now that is like a mandala?

Many blogs are like mandalas. They collapse when the writers run out of discipline, inspiration, or material.

Yours is the exception. Perhaps it is a chameleon. In the comment-free format, the post will be the focus; the provocation will be to think about the narrative and not the fight in the comments. Your purpose--or push/provocation--won't get garbled by the comments. Clearer.

I will be more likely to forward or link to your posts without the comments because a less attentive friend or reader won't read quickly and assume that I somehow endorse the comments. Cleaner.

Meade said...

email from LG:

A sand mandala was constructed at the very same location, Global View, about 15 years ago. I remember taking my children and spending an hour or so watching the monks work. I don't know how many southern Wisconsin readers you have, but it's a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.