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(NJ.com)   Attention parents: Please make sure your children know the difference between a sandbox and an intricate sand mandala that took Buddhist monks days to create   (nj.com) divider line 201
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2014-04-25 04:29:44 PM  
A witness said the boy was whisked out of City Hall shortly after he damaged the mandala. His mother was one of 30 who became a U.S. citizen during today's naturalization event, he said.

Usually you see the naturalization ceremonies going on and think the people getting naturalized are the good ones.  Then this happens.
 
2014-04-25 04:34:36 PM  
I'm betting the Buddhist monks took it all in stride.
 
2014-04-25 04:36:30 PM  
That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.
 
2014-04-25 04:46:15 PM  

FriarReb98: A witness said the boy was whisked out of City Hall shortly after he damaged the mandala. His mother was one of 30 who became a U.S. citizen during today's naturalization event, he said.

Usually you see the naturalization ceremonies going on and think the people getting naturalized are the good ones.


What an absolutely insane thing to think.What about people being naturalised makes them good?

 Then this happens.


What an equally insane thing to think. What about a small boy being a small boy makes these people bad?
 
2014-04-25 04:46:43 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.


I advocate leash laws for some parts of the fleeting nature of life.
 
2014-04-25 04:49:05 PM  
Wait, this wasn't on the Onion?

Dinki: I'm betting the Buddhist monks took it all in stride.


ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.


Exactly.  In fact, the monks probably thought a small child destroying the mandala was amusing.
 
2014-04-25 04:53:12 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.


Pretty damn much. He embodied a lesson on impermanence.
 
2014-04-25 04:57:12 PM  
If the boy's life had been ended moments later by one of the monks, and the monks had immediately begun work on another mandala in tribute to the boy's brief, stupid life, I would have appreciated it far more for the religious significance it could have had.
 
2014-04-25 04:59:36 PM  

haemaker: Wait, this wasn't on the Onion?

Dinki: I'm betting the Buddhist monks took it all in stride.

ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.

Exactly.  In fact, the monks probably thought a small child destroying the mandala was amusing.


This
 
2014-04-25 05:01:25 PM  
CSB: at the Tibetan freedom concert in washington dc i saw the monks and their mandalas, I watched as they spent 2 days making them and then they wiped them away.
 
2014-04-25 05:02:21 PM  
Dust. Wind. Dude.
 
2014-04-25 05:06:44 PM  

hubiestubert: ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.

Pretty damn much. He embodied a lesson on impermanence.


True, but he also serves as an example of poor parenting and disrespect.
 
2014-04-25 05:07:46 PM  

vernonFL: CSB: at the Tibetan freedom concert in washington dc i saw the monks and their mandalas, I watched as they spent 2 days making them and then they wiped them away.


That's pretty much the point of the dang exercise.
 
2014-04-25 05:09:55 PM  

JoieD'Zen: hubiestubert: ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.

Pretty damn much. He embodied a lesson on impermanence.

True, but he also serves as an example of poor parenting and disrespect.


Poor parenting, maybe - if the kid is under 7ish, and was more than 20' away from Mom & Dad playing in a sandbox.

Disrespect? How, by illustrating exactly the point of these mandalas?

// impermanence is a lesson many religions, and their followers, could stand to learn from
 
2014-04-25 05:11:53 PM  

haemaker: In fact, the monks probably thought a small child destroying the mandala was amusing.


I know I did.
 
2014-04-25 05:18:33 PM  
I'm betting the monks made them so people could enjoy them.


That kid enjoyed the hell out of it.
 
2014-04-25 05:55:47 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Dust. Wind. Dude.


Like sand through the hourglass...
 
2014-04-25 05:57:33 PM  
I'm sure each are full of cat sh@t.
 
2014-04-25 05:58:26 PM  

FriarReb98: A witness said the boy was whisked out of City Hall shortly after he damaged the mandala. His mother was one of 30 who became a U.S. citizen during today's naturalization event, he said.

Usually you see the naturalization ceremonies going on and think the people getting naturalized are the good ones.  Then this happens.


Thanks Obama
 
2014-04-25 05:59:49 PM  

Dinki: I'm betting the Buddhist monks took it all in stride.


Came to say this.
 
2014-04-25 06:00:59 PM  

fusillade762: farkingismybusiness: Dust. Wind. Dude.

Like sand through the hourglass...


Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
 
2014-04-25 06:01:36 PM  

dahmers love zombie: If the boy's life had been ended moments later by one of the monks, and the monks had immediately begun work on another mandala in tribute to the boy's brief, stupid life, I would have appreciated it far more for the religious significance it could have had.


i.imgur.com

Was this the monk?
 
2014-04-25 06:03:15 PM  
Why? The monks are not supposed to care about the fruit of their labels
 
2014-04-25 06:03:36 PM  

fusillade762: farkingismybusiness: Dust. Wind. Dude.

Like sand through the hourglass...


also...

All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
 
2014-04-25 06:04:01 PM  

Dimensio: ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.

I advocate leash laws for some parts of the fleeting nature of life.


This.

Better tip for parents: Keep your crotch fruit under 100% control 100% of the time you're in public. Your mistakes should not become ours.
 
2014-04-25 06:04:05 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.


It's actually kind of zen when you think about it.
 
2014-04-25 06:05:37 PM  
Is this a repeat?
 
2014-04-25 06:06:51 PM  

Precision Boobery: Is this a repeat?


it's all a repeat. and again and again and again
 
2014-04-25 06:07:23 PM  
Then Chris Christie walked by on his way back from a hearty lunch at Taco Bell, and ripped an epic fart that scattered sand across the rotunda. The end.
 
2014-04-25 06:09:24 PM  
What's the sound of one hand slapping?
 
2014-04-25 06:15:07 PM  

taurusowner: Dimensio: ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.

I advocate leash laws for some parts of the fleeting nature of life.

This.

Better tip for parents: Keep your crotch fruit under 100% control 100% of the time you're in public. Your mistakes should not become ours.


Hate to tell you this but most adults can't keep themselves under control 100% of the time they are in public. Also kids are a part of society just like everyone else so your just going to have to deal with them.
 
2014-04-25 06:17:35 PM  

halB: Why? The monks are not supposed to care about the fruit of their labels


goodlogo.com
 
2014-04-25 06:17:40 PM  
I thinkin' that if I spent hours and hours making something out of sand and wanted it on display I'd put a sheet of glass over it or something.
 
2014-04-25 06:18:30 PM  
"What can we do?"

Wangdu

/good thing no cats were in the rotunda
//little bastards
 
2014-04-25 06:18:36 PM  
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2014-04-25 06:18:45 PM  
I used to live in Bloomington, where there are a lot of Tibetan monks (the Dali Lamas cousin used to live there). They would spend days creating intricate mandalas, and then pour them into the river. They're not supposed to last forever.
 
2014-04-25 06:18:51 PM  

halB: Why? The monks are not supposed to care about the fruit of their labels


What monks who  do care about the fruit of their labels might look like:
blog.uptempomag.com
 
2014-04-25 06:20:00 PM  

Iggie: halB: Why? The monks are not supposed to care about the fruit of their labels

[goodlogo.com image 350x232]


Oh dammit.
 
2014-04-25 06:22:00 PM  
"created and then destroyed in a ceremony to symbolize the fleeting nature of life. "

/the boy just sped the process up a bit. Maybe they should be grateful

//Drop by drop the jug is filled. Buddha
 
2014-04-25 06:22:50 PM  
vernonFL
haemaker: Wait, this wasn't on the Onion?
Dinki: I'm betting the Buddhist monks took it all in stride.
ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.
Exactly. In fact, the monks probably thought a small child destroying the mandala was amusing.
This


Any Buddhist worth his salt would know that everything is temporary and try to smile.
 
2014-04-25 06:22:56 PM  

haemaker: Wait, this wasn't on the Onion?

Dinki: I'm betting the Buddhist monks took it all in stride.

ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.

Exactly.  In fact, the monks probably thought a small child destroying the mandala was amusing.


I remember I saw them make one at a festival once and then when they blew it away I was kind of shocked until it was explained to me. Then I thought it was pretty cool.
 
2014-04-25 06:23:20 PM  
in news that offends everybody EXCEPT an actual buddhist...
 
2014-04-25 06:23:59 PM  
I like how practically everyone in this thread knows what sand mandalas are more or less for. ;)
 
2014-04-25 06:24:55 PM  
Wait. I thought the monks destroyed them as soon as they finished. I saw that somewhere. Maybe it was someone else and not Buddhists
 
2014-04-25 06:25:02 PM  
Small children regularly tear themselves away from their parents and go running.

The article doesn't say how long the boy spent inside the ropes, or what happened between doing the damage and being whisked away... or even what happened to the boy outside. The parent might still be a good parent.

Snarfangel: What's the sound of one hand slapping?


This.
 
2014-04-25 06:26:45 PM  

taurusowner: Dimensio: ecmoRandomNumbers: That's kind of the point. The kid was fulfilling his role as part of the fleeting nature of life.

I advocate leash laws for some parts of the fleeting nature of life.

This.

Better tip for parents: Keep your crotch fruit under 100% control 100% of the time you're in public. Your mistakes should not become ours.


LOL
 
2014-04-25 06:28:31 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Precision Boobery: Is this a repeat?

it's all a repeat. and again and again and again


I remember when all this will be again.
 
2014-04-25 06:28:58 PM  
Lesson in impermanence it might be, but the religious significance was in being able to create something beautiful before destroying it. The kid destroyed it before it could achieve its final form, so it's understandable why the monks might be upset.

Call it a lesson in trusting public spaces to be as safe for your mandalas as a sheltered and defended monastary. Or in trusting the promises of public officials and/or the maturity of children. If I was one of the monks, I wouldn't bother even trying to fix it, just tell the mayor, "it's finished, hope you took a picture of it before you let a kid stomp on it." Then go home and make another mandala in private for the ritual, instead of using it for a photo op.
 
2014-04-25 06:29:33 PM  

JayCab: halB: Why? The monks are not supposed to care about the fruit of their labels

What monks who  do care about the fruit of their labels might look like:
[blog.uptempomag.com image 500x331]


What is the one on the right supposed to be?
 
2014-04-25 06:29:54 PM  

Dinki: I'm betting the Buddhist monks took it all in stride.


That is kind of the idea, as I am led to believe.
 
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