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.

Values Inculcated:
  • To carry out art from heart
  • Offering skills and time to Lord
  • Devotion
  • 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.
Materials Required:
  • Fruits
  • 1 Plate (per team)
  • 1 Knife (per team)
  • 1 Cutting Board (per team)
  • Bowls (to keep the cut fruits)
Method:
  • Divide the children into groups.
  • Children to arrange the cut/peeled fruits in the plate.
  • Offer to God.
  • Distribute as Prasadam.
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