Create beautiful things and then let them go

The Buddhists have a practice of working diligently for several days on creating a beautiful design in the sand. The thing they create is called a sand mandala. Then, once it’s done they destroy it.

I never really understood that practice until today as I listened to an interview of Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash). She said that when she performs on stage there are times when she connects very well with the audience: her energy is outflowing to the audience while simultaneously she is receiving energy from the audience. She said (paraphrasing): But this connection is only for a short time; when the show is over the connection is gone; it has made me realize the transitoriness of life – like the Buddhist sand mandala. Ah! That turned on a light bulb in my head. I now understand the Buddist sand mandala practice: things come into our life and then they leave, that’s simply the way of nature.

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