And we’re live! The monks are here right now working on their Tibetan sand mandala. You can see the exquisite gridwork that they’re laying down, the first step in creating a highly detailed mandala. Also pictured: colored sand and instruments.
This is a very special opportunity to see the monks — from a monastery in South India — creating a mandala. They’ll be working through Sunday. Upon completion the mandala will be destroyed, an important lesson of Buddhism (nothing is permanent).
Six Tibetan Buddhist monks will be visiting from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery in South India to create a sand mandala in our museum.
Sanskrit for “circle,” a mandala is a geometric figure with spiritual and ritual significance, often representing the cosmos. The monks will meticulously apply powdered pigments to an intricate outline, tapping little by little to get the image just right.
When completed, the mandala blesses both the environment and its beings. The painstakingly created artwork will then be destroyed and scattered, spreading its peaceful benefits throughout the world. This is a key lesson of Buddhism: everything must come to an end. Nothing is permanent.
This is a very special opportunity to see the monks creating a mandala. Don’t miss it. Starts tomorrow (Thursday) and lasts through Sunday. You can come tomorrow night after 5pm for just $5. More event details here.