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MANDALA SAND PAINTING – Opening Ceremony
July 1, 9:30 amâ€”12:30 pm
Lily Dale Fire Hall
Painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite traditions of Tantric Buddhism. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or â€śworld in harmonyâ€ť. It takes millions of grains of sand, painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks. The monks begin with an opening ceremony to consecrate the site of the mandala. This event is visually and acoustically striking.
MAKING OF THE MANDALA
Immediately after the opening Ceremony the monks start drawing the lie design for the mandala. Few expressions of artistic talent will have such an impact on you life as viewing the Mandala. In Tibetan it is called dultson-kyll-khor (which means mandala of colored powders). Throughout its creation, the monks pour millions of grains of sand from traditional metal funnels called chakpur.
Construction of the Mandala begins at the center and works outward, as the Mandala is made in the spirit of impermanence and non-attachment, to be washed away. In this the Tibetan Buddhist Monks build planetary peace a grain of sand at a time.
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