It’s all things Zen this week. The design reflects zen sand gardens where a rake is used to form patterns in the sand or gravel. They also contain stones, which “sometimes symbolize mountains … or they can be boats or a living creature.” May the coloring of this week’s mandala help provide a deeper meditation practice for you.
Classical zen gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto during the Muromachi period. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.
…The act of raking the gravel into a pattern recalling waves or rippling water, known as samon or hōkime, has an aesthetic function. Zen priests practice this raking also to help their concentration. Achieving perfection of lines is not easy. Rakes are according to the patterns of ridges as desired and limited to some of the stone objects situated within the gravel area.
“Zen, per se, is not just an art, it’s not just a religion, it’s a realization.” ~ Gene Clark
The Mandala Lady