Time Lapse Photography: Losang's Five Dhyani Buddhas Sand Mandala (Phila., December 2009)


Time Lapse Series: Five Dhyani Buddhas Sand Mandala by Ven. Losang Samten

Above is the remarkable work of photographer/digital artist Thomas Bugaj; a time-lapsed view of the Five Dhyani Buddhas sand mandala that Losang created this past December for the Philadelphia Folklore Project.  What you are seeing (after you click on the "start" arrow : ) are thousands of images taken several minutes apart (excluding evenings, etc.) over the several day period in which the mandala was created.  We really are grateful to him for this generous gift to all of us.

About the Five Dhyani Buddha Sand Mandala

The Mandala of the Five Dhyani Buddhas is one of the most important of all mandalas.  It represents the five directions, the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space), and most important, the purification of the Five Negative Emotions (Hatred, Pride, Greed, Envy and Ignorance) into the Five Wisdoms.  Like all of the mandalas, after the work is completed, it is then dismantled, reflecting and signifying the impermanence of all created things.  Also, if you would like to see the work as it appears on Thomas' webpage, click here.  

Just in!  Kalachakra Mandala Time Lapse Images Now Ready!

Also, if you would like to see the time lapse image journal of Losang's Kalachakra Mandala, created in Philadelphia over four weeks in October and November 2009, please click here!

Five Dhyani Buddhas Web Resources

We found a number of illuminating resources about the Five Dhyani Buddhas on the web. Below are links to a few of them.  Our thanks to TBC President Barbara Montgomery for her descriptions above, and tremendous efforts in coordinating the creation and availability of this work.