A few pictures of The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Closing Ceremony @Asiasociety

I’ve been photographing a lot of random things lately so I haven’t really updated my blog in a while since I like to have each post focus on a specific event and tell a story.

Today however, I had a chance to see the Mandala closing ceremony at the Asia Society of Texas and it was a beautiful experience. Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery had spent the week constructing a mandala sand painting and on Sunday performed a ceremony to dismantle the work which they had painstakingly created throughout the week. The message that nothing is permanent and all things are in flux is quite humbling.

Photographywise, it was one of those days when I wasn’t expecting perfection. There must have been 200 people in that small room and rows and 4 rows of people in front of me with another 6 rows behind me. The lighting was also extremely unbalanced since the spot lights were on the mandala and at least 2 stops brighter than the ambient light and there was a no flash rule (which several people were ignoring). Still, I think the story speaks for itself:

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Closing Ceremony of The Mystical Arts of Tibet

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