We are still glowing from Lama Tenzin Yignyen’s visit to The Harley School to construct the Mandala of Compassion. Over the past two weeks, Tenzin visited with students in the school’s main entrance, fielding questions on any subject: love, compassion, life, and death, to name a few. One student asked, “How do you develop greater compassion?” Tenzin’s answer: “Practice, practice, and more practice.”
What Tenzin provides during his two weeks at the school is not instruction in Buddhism, but his own perspective on some of life’s biggest questions. What does it mean to be happy? What is the purpose of education? How do human beings endeavor to live full, meaningful lives?
Once the mandala was completed, Tenzin invited students to create their own art around the outside of the table, and then welcomed anyone who wished to help dismantle this beautiful work of art. By collecting the sand into a pitcher and pouring the sands of compassion into a nearby creek, we experienced together the impermanence of all things.
At the present moment, this quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn comes to mind… “It’s not a matter of letting go—you would if you could. Instead of ‘Let it go,’ we should probably say ‘Let it be.'”