The art of the Mandala - Sudarshanaloka, Coromandel
Thursday 18 January 2024 – Tuesday 23 January 2024
Join us for five days at Sudarshanaloka (Land of beautiful vision) for a retreat that will include a focus on creativity through imagination, meditation and ritual. Our theme will be the Mandala, an ancient form of spiritual art which explains relationships and connections through the use of two- or three-dimensional imagery. What these images attempt to describe could range from the elemental connections of one’s psycho-spiritual being, to the relationship between an object (perhaps a Buddha) and the Universe.
After meditation and breakfast, there will be a short talk each morning followed by an opportunity to discuss, design and create a mandala (or mandalas) which express meaning for you in that moment. These are likely to be two-dimensional paper-based designs, but there will also be the freedom to create three-dimensional mandalas should you be so inspired. After lunch there will be unstructured time where you can continue with your mandala creations indoors or go out to explore the amazing patterns and mandalas ever present in nature on the land.
As Kamalashila, a senior UK Order member, recently put it,
“...Mandala is a way of talking about the living dynamic energy of everything. It is a powerful truth that will affect you if you meditate on it and see things more in that way.”
So, we’re not just painting pictures here, we’re somehow creating meaningful structures that point to our sense of reality, how we relate to ourselves and the world, and how we relate to devotion and the spiritual realms in general.
The ritual each evening will be in the form of a puja for each of the archetypal buddhas of the “jina mandala”.
Whether you are an experienced artist or a complete newcomer to this form of creativity, we hope to facilitate your finding a way into your own mandala and perhaps creating a sense of a collective mandala.
Note – while we will provide some art materials we encourage you to bring your own as well.
$425 (full) / $385 (low), Please don't let money be a barrier - contact us for options