Fruits Mandala (Buddha Day Group Activity)
A mandala is a circular symbol, often seen in Hinduism and Buddhism, which represents the universe. It can be used as a focus for meditation, and making one is very calming and centring. During Buddha Poornima, decorating the homes with ‘Sacred Mandala’ is a Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of these mandalas.
Often a mandala is ritualistically dismantled once it has been completed. After some ceremonies and viewing time, the dismantling symbolizes the Buddhist doctrine that the material life is transitory and illusionary.
- To carry out art from heart
- Offering skills and time to Lord
- Understanding the significance of ‘Sacred Mandala’
Preparatory Effort :
- The guru to explain the children about Buddha, Buddhism and Buddha Poornima.
- Significance of Mandala in Buddhism.
- If Small children are involved, the guru shall cut or peel the fruits and keep them in separate bowls.
- 1 Plate (per team)
- 1 Knife (per team)
- 1 Cutting Board (per team)
- Bowls (to keep the cut fruits)
- Divide the children into groups.
- Children to arrange the cut/peeled fruits in the plate.
- Offer to God.
- Distribute as Prasadam.