Thursday, March 26, 2009

I'm really not a Buddhist

You wouldn't know it by the number of posts about the Tibetan Buddhist Temple that I've posted recently but I'm really not a Buddhist. Sure, I like some of their teachings and obviously the whole vegetarian thing works for me (mac & cheese, really how could that not work?) but I really don't espouse their beliefs and would never push them on anyone. To tell you the truth I would never push my beliefs on anyone. Weird for a quasi Christian huh?

Anyhoo, the sand painting that these monks have done just freaks me out. The workmanship is fantastic. Who couldn't appreciate the detail?

There is all kinds of meaning in the painting but I didn't really pay much attention as Terry was reading. I was truly enjoying the artistry. Sorry Terry. I love you but damn how can I pay attention when I need to absorb?

This is colored sand people! Yeah, Sand! The slightest breath could have ruined the whole thing. When I paint I don't worry about making a mistake (come on it is all a mistake) because I know that I can paint over it but look at this. There is no getting it wrong.

Do you think they did it to make me feel inadequate? DONE! Thanks guys.



  1. I'm so glad that sand painting is behind glass because I just sneezed and it would have been ruined.

    Good for you for not pushing your beliefs on people, I love that.

    I think you should start a new religion called a Mac-n-cheesest. I'd join in a second.

  2. That is amazing! Such incredible patience and artistry. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. That's one of the coolest things I've ever seen and I'm not a Buddhist, either.

  4. Wow, that is amazing! And it would probably be a true test to the Buddhists if someone accidentally ruined it. I'm sure a lot of them would be tempted to curse or scream.

  5. Yes, Mac N'Cheese is the best.

    Good girl for being open minded. I belong to the Church of Just be Nice to People, Dammit!

    It is a good thing that the painting is behind glass. I wouldn't have been able to resist touching it.

  6. Beautiful photographs!! Like you, I do find some Buddist teachings quite relevant and so peaceful. I love how peace is honored foremost and living in gratitude for blessings.
    I also do not push my religious beliefs on anyone else because I feels that everyone has a mind (well, most people anyway, lol) and has the right to choose. This is America!!
    And.........I ain't givi up my Mac-N-Cheese for nobody lady :)

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

  7. That is amazing.

    I'll have to see one in person someday.

  8. Wow. That is just beautiful. Really, almost breath-taking. (Maybe that's how they get through the painting process.)

    I visited a Buddhist monk house (what do you call them?) when I lived in California and they served me some kind of green bean ball soup which tasted like a monkey's butt. Not that I would know for certain, but definitely what monkey's butt tastes like in my head. At that point I decided I was really happy being Baptist.

  9. The first thing that went through my head was, "Sand? Why??"

    The second was, "Did they get the colored sand at, like, Michael's?"

  10. Thanks for the photos of all the detail. It is an amazing work of art and just proves what can be done when there are no children (or spouses) around to distract.

  11. Amazing!!!

    On our way home from AZ Daryl and I stopped at the Four Corners. We took the time to admire the artwork there too.

  12. Wow, that's gorgeous.

    I'm pretty sure it's in a monk's job description to make the rest of us feel inadequate. Sure, they don't say it out LOUD, but...

  13. Thanks for the pics, Michele. The sand painting are just gorgeous - those rich colors! Honestly, at first I thought they were silk embroidery. I could look at these all day. Hope you had a chance to :-)