February 19, 2014 11:44 PM   Subscribe

The flower mandalas are especially lovely.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:24 AM on February 20, 2014

Mandalas are incredible.

A big recommendation to Ron Fricke's Samsara for featuring the mandala as a focus of narrative (if you can call it that) in what is a very beautiful non-narrative film. And it's on Netflix streaming.

Also a hearty recommendation for his Baraka as well.
posted by JauntyFedora at 12:54 AM on February 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

I like the way they present a really different aesthetic. I was prepared for a queasy feeling of appropriation, and I came away impressed. These are beautiful.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:32 AM on February 20, 2014

In a previous MeFi thread about mandalas, I made this time lapse (Flash, sorry, it was before I knew how to make animated gifs)

And as long as I'm self-linking in the comments, I'm quite proud of my asteroids mandala.

And have you seen Motoi Yamamoto's saltworks?
posted by gwint at 6:42 AM on February 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Looks like the perfect topic for one of those slow films. Real time, or just 2x-4x faster than life, would be quite the visual meditation.
posted by Dreidl at 12:14 PM on February 20, 2014

These really are amazing to witness. At my university a group of visiting monks took an entire week to create one. Just when you think they are done with a portion of the design they add another color or another detail.
I seem to recall it was 3 - 4 feet across. The rasping sounds of their funnels is hypnotic. It must take a great deal of physical stamina too, those monks were hunched over the table for what seemed like hours at a time.

At the end they destroy the the thing, bless the sand and pass out small bags of it to whomever. I had a bag for a while but lost it. :(
posted by hot_monster at 2:34 PM on February 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

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