The Tibetan Flag flew over the Farmer's Market in Saxapahaw last night. I had my table set up on the porch near the gallery and sales were good. The monks walked around the market, listening to the music, checking out the farmer's stands, and taking soooo many pictures with their phone cameras. It was quite a sight to see and there was a very unique crowd out last night. It was magical. I met some very wonderful people.
This is where they began at the first of the week, with rulers and compasses and math, ugh. Look at Wesley in the corner, not even shooting anything yet. By the end of the week, she was attached to her camera and growing more confident every moment.
The mandala grew, the monks worked non stop for hours each day.
Remember, this is colored SAND!
The market wrapped up around 8:30 last night and the monks finished up around 10pm, Wesley shot some footage, I packed up my stuff and we got home around 11pm.
Today was the deconstruction. It was an extremely emotional ceremony. Gerry came with us, celebrating Father's Day and life in general. It was breathtaking to see these young men watch as the mandala they spent all week painstakingly constructing was brushed away in just minutes.
The room swelled with metaphors for all of us........
Geshe la presented Wesley with a Khata at the end of the day as a blessing for good luck. The khata is usually given by a Tibetan as an arriving or a departure gift. Wesley of course cried, then I cried, then I remembered I had a camera. Shot this through all of our tears. This scarf will be such a treasured thing for Wesley. She has dreamed and read and studied the Tibetans since she was a little girl. And now, this week, she spent every day with them, sharing meals, praying, filming them in intimate settings, and feeling so very blessed to be allowed this opportunity. She bought some prayer beads for Gerry for Father's Day and Geshe blessed them for her. We are indeed very blessed today.
This has been a life transforming experience for many of us that participated in the monk's Sacred Arts Tour this week. I started and ended each day this week praying with monks for compassion and then watching my child grow so much and watching the mandala unfold, and most importantly sharing this with lots of very special friends. June has been quite a month for introspection and discovery of impermanence.