If you meet the Buddha on the road, stomp on his mandala

Anyone who has ever worked in a museum knows that there are no bad kids - only inattentive parents. Via Ron Davis, one reason why Buddhists cultivate infinite patience:

Mo. Toddler Ruins Monks’ Sand Design

The little boy spotted the pretty pile of colored sand on the floor of the vast hall and couldn’t resist. Slipping under a protective rope, he danced all over the sand, ruining the carefully crafted picture.

Never mind that it was the creation of eight Tibetan monks who had spent two days cross-legged on the floor of Union Station, meticulously pouring the sand into an intricate design as an expression of their Buddhist faith.

They were more than halfway done with the design — called a mandala — on Tuesday when they ended their work for the day and left. The little boy showed up sometime later with his mother, who was taking a package to a post office in the hall.

“He did a little tap dance on it, completely destroying it,” said Lama Chuck Stanford, of the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City.

Missouri always makes the news for the best reasons.

(Cross-posted.)

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16 responses to “If you meet the Buddha on the road, stomp on his mandala

  1. DBK

    To be disturbed by this is to invoke the ego and express the self. The boy was simply following his own nature and the Buddha within himself.

  2. one reason why Buddhists cultivate infinite patience

  3. Ivory Bill Woodpecker

    Little Grasshopper might get reborn as a literal grasshopper for this.

  4. mamajane

    Showing off my immaturity, I got a case of the giggles when I read the name “Lama Chuck”.

    There are no bad children, only unenlightened parents.

  5. Jewel

    We had Tibetan monks do a sand mandala at my college. When they’re done, they destroy it anyway. Impermanence and all that. They swept all the sand into little bags and handed ’em out – still have mine somewhere.

  6. many of the southwest nations (apache, navajo, hopi, zuni) use sand paintings in ceremony also, and, at the end of the ceremony the designs are destroyed.

  7. Anonymous

    there are no bad kids – only inattentive parents.

    YES! If you take your toddler to Ikea, I believe you have abdicated your right to yell at him when he knocks over a display.

    Also, any child knows that the best part of making a sandcastle is stomping all over it afterwards. Duh.

  8. Tart

    That was me.

  9. Missouri always makes the news for the best reasons.

    I think it’s because we have so many crazy people.

    –GW in SW MO

  10. Missouri always makes the news for the best reasons.

    I’ll have you know the half of my family came from Mo.

    I think it’s because we have so many crazy people

    Perhaps you are trying to explain something to me?

  11. Anonymous

    Because of that child destroying the mandala mid-way it might actually have brought the monks more publicity and therefore will further help them to raise money.

  12. PortlyDyke

    Waveflux — I just love the title of this post — I’m going to work it into my daily meditation.

  13. jon

    There is no more destructive force than a little boy.
    Other than maybe a full size Lil Bush.

  14. Anonymous

    Yes, impermanence.

    Jewel, hilarious that you still have the sand.

    (…speaking as one who is attached like crazy to all manner of things and ideas and people…)

  15. Ron

    Ah , my hometown. The midwestern center of American cultural appreciation.

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