Mandala at Emory Photo Documentary


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“Emory offers so many opportunities to engage with Tibetan culture-whether it’s taking a meditation class or going abroad, watching monks create a sand mandala during Tibet Week, or just chatting with Tibetan students on campus. There’s really something for everyone.”
– David, Emory student

Mandala means “circle” in Indian Sanskrit language. It represents the cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relationship to he infinite world that extends beyond our bodies and minds. Every March at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, a group of Tibetan monks dedicate an entire week to construct a beautiful and intricate sand mandala. At the end of the process, the monks dismantle the mandala and release the sand back into the a natural body of river.

My photography project follows the monks everyday throughout the week from the construction to the destruction ritual in the end. As the monks focus their attention on the artistic elements of creating the sand mandala, they also devote their souls and spirits to meditation for the healing of the earth.

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