Mandala

i was fascinated by the art by Losang Samten. He made an art called Mandala its an art that is created with geometry and figures using color to represent life. The geometry he used had many symmetrical lines. After he was finished with the mandala he would dismantle it and return it back to the world. i liked watching Losang constructing the mandala and i like the geometries he used.

Mandala

I have never through or imagined any arts could represent in such ways.  Back to high school when I learned geometry, I thought it would be useful for some contractor engineering; however, Mandala arts make a great use of it and even further. It uses geometry shapes to balance, equal and makes perfect division in every piece of art. In addition, Mandala arts not only present perfect equal shapes, but also provide meaning such as colors represent different nature.  It is interested to see how Mandala represents different kind of color and picture in different way by using geometry, and always keep them organized.

Mandala

The mandala, for Losang Samten and other Buddhist monks is a way to represent nature and their faith by using the form of a temple set in symmetrical circle patterns. They rely heavily on symmetry and geometry to set a stage or ground for representative figures such as deities or the lotus. For the duration of the making of the mandala, the monk uses the practice as meditation and has a chance to focus on the different parts and to understand each part on its own. The two-dimensional  meditation world of the mandala is then dismantled, returned to nature, and the real world it represented returns back into the artist in a new way. A blend of symmetry, color and geometry make the form of the mandala universally appealing. The format is good for exploring a comparison of how the elements of nature interact and how we act so similarly towards one another.

Mandala

Watching Losang Samten make a Mandala was very interesting. I have never seen one be made before and I thought it was very interesting. The fact that the whole thing is made with just that one tool was really cool to me. After watching it and listening to Losang I learned a lot about symmetry and how it can help make balance. What I really like about Losang’s Mandalas is how detailed they are.

Mandala

Watching the creation and dismantling of the mandala was interesting for many reasons, but the one that really stuck out to me was the intricacy and detail that is taken, knowing that the creation will be dismantled. I almost feel that I would be depressed creating something so beautiful and then taking it apart again. But this is part of the discipline and the monks are used to it. What I liked the most about the artwork was the symmetry. I like when artwork is symmetrical and designs and patterns are made.

Dismantling of the Mandala

This experience has resonated with me. I viewed the making of the mandala a symbolic discipline. In our society we move so fast. Americans move and live at an increasingly fast pace. It was interesting to see how another culture lives and to see their perspective of time. My interpretation of the dismantling is that it is suppose to discipline and humble the individual. It reminds us that all things come to an end.

Mandala

Witnessing Losang Samten’s process of making the mandala was very interesting and almost thrilling, even though I only saw the making of it on the last day. I’ve never seen anyone scratch a large piece of metal just to create a piece of art like that. Colored powder coming out of that piece of metal was pretty exciting to see (sand painting). I can’t imagine how someone can make those geometric shapes so perfect. Him explaining the meaning of the mandala work also made it all the more special. As I watched the dismantling process, I found it very wonderful that he was blessing the campus and pouring the mandala in the lake. Losang Samten does an amazing job at creating mandalas from what I saw.

Mandala

I never heard of a Mandala before. So when I first i thought it was just some little art. When I went to see the Mandala I start to think differently. I thought it was really beautiful that brought calmness into me. The art is very detailed. It had five circle in it. For each circle it had its own meaning. They are purify our form, feeling, perception, formation and consciousness. The Mandala is one of the ideas that the Buddhism made up for the nature and spiritual. It is mostly like a healing to peoples body, mind and environment.