The Toodyay trip June 2014On the morning of Sunday 22 June I received a telephone call from our friend, Nick Couanis, inviting us to come to Toodyay to see the final stages of the creation of the mandala by the Tibetan Buddhist monks which was being staged in the Toodyay Hall. There was to be a ceremony to celebrate the occasion and to see the final destruction of the mandala. We agreed to meet at 2.00 pm and met Nick outside the entrance to the hall. The monks had been in Toodyay for nine days and the mandala was complete.
We went inside to see the mandala and it was magnificent. It had been painstakingly made by pouring coloured sand in the intricate circular design of the mandala on to a white table top. After viewing the mandala we joined the rest of the visitors for a talk by the lama or head man of the group, which was translated by another Tibetan man in blue jeans. The lama took questions and his answers were eminently sensible. He reminded us that things happen which we don’t have any control over and we just have to simply come to terms with them.
After his talk, the lama was joined by the rest of his monks and he then led them to the mandala. The monks then proceeded to destroy the mandala by wiping the coloured patterns into a mound in the middle. The collected dust was then poured into a traditional urn. The point being made was the impermanence of life and the importance of savouring the moment.
Having collected the dust the monks made their way outside and were led down the main street to the Avon River by the Shire President, who had just made a speech before we left, thanking the monks.
|The monks marching down the main street
|The monks down by the river preparing to pour the mandala dust into the water
|Pouring the mandala dust into the river
|Chanting after pouring the mandala dust into the river
We didn’t stay for the extra talks after the event, instead following Nick out to his house and property past the caravan park. His house is beautiful and we enjoyed a cup of tea and chat with him before driving back to Stoneville. We plan to go back in spring and I will most likely take my camera along and come back with photos of the trees and kangaroos on his block.