30/11/2010

The mandala and the monks

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MA (laughter) The thing is, I’m interested in this idea that we organize everything and then at the last minute, everything changes, takes a different turn. I like that so much. I learned about that from the Tibetans.

LA Remember the mandala the monks created in the Museum of Natural History in the late ‘80s? It took them six weeks to make it, dropping the colored sand grain by grain. I was there when two kids came by and scuffed the whole thing up.

MA And then?

LA The monks laughed.

MA Of course.

LA Because it’s about changing. It didn’t matter how much work they had put into it—they were going to destroy it in the end anyway

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