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A Lesson in Impermanence
The Sand Mandala in progress


“The bad news is you’re falling through the air,
nothing to hang on to, no parachute.
The good news is, there’s no ground.”

 — Chögyam Trungpa

In Buddhist teaching, inner freedom is found by becoming comfortable with impermanence. Everything changes. Every moment is fleeting. That doesn’t make our experiences any less meaningful. Every moment is even more sacred, because it will never happen again.

In  7th, 8th, and 10th grade classes, students created a Buddhist Sand Mandala to learn about Buddhist teaching. Each grain of sand was carefully placed in an intricate design, involving many colors. The most important part comes at the end, when we destroy the mandala.  After hours of careful work by the students, we swept it up and poured the sand in the creek, where it was carried away and dispersed by the current. 

We invite you to enjoy the filming of this experience by our Director of Digital Media Harry Maxon.
— Mirza Khan, Director of Philosophy, Ethics, and World Religions