Pointing to at least one specific example, explain the ways in which Buddhist art is connected to the Buddhist worldview.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While it is not a specific art work by a particular artist, I would suggest that the art of the sand mandala represents much of the Buddhist world view.  The sand mandala has much meaning.  It is a work of intricate precision and aesthetic distinction.  It is made through carefully designing each sand particle in particular shape, location, and color.  It is part of the Buddhist faith and embraces the Buddhist world view. 

Buddhist monks construct the mandala as their “home” for the deities and forces of worship that guide their meditative efforts.  The sand grains are literally piped into being.  There is a coordinated effort to make it look entirely organic.  It is life teeming with life.  The figures on the mandala are representations of the divine, forces that inspire.   It takes a prolonged period of time to plan, execute, and display.  This reflects the Buddhist world view that it takes time to shed the notions of desire and attachment that cause suffering.   In its process of assembly, there is only focus and driven intensity to illuminate its being.  Put another way, process becomes essential to product.  Both are inseparable, reflecting another aspect of the Buddhist world view that there is no "end."  Consciousness and thus the process of enlightenment is a process in which there is no totalizing or binary understanding.  The mandala is seen to be therapeutic, for it compels the “untamable” mind to channel its energies into the completion of something pure and intrinsically honorable.  Once the mandala has been completed, it is destroyed.  The sand molecules are blown away from their original order. Water is poured on the mandala to secure the healing effect. The Buddhists believe that the mandala has to be destroyed to show the impermanence of being and the lack of an order, a critical element of the Buddhist world view in the absence of a governing structure. There is nothing preventing a new one from being made, reflecting the Buddhist world view of how construction and creation is perpetual.  The mandala reappears as representative of the origin of good from which it came, always reappearing and eternally a part of consciousness.

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