Posts Tagged ‘Tantric Buddhism’

Monks and Mandalas

February 23, 2011

Mandala Sand Painting:  Tibetan monks hold mandala sand painting exhibition
Penn State Berks
, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Free and open to the public.

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“From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks is one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibet, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of colored powders.” Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.”

I love Mandalas.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to see “Healing the Earth: A Sacred Art by the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery” at Penn State Berks Campus.

See a short video clip here.

The outline of the mandala is drawn on a wooden platform. Sand is held in a chak-pur (traditional metal funnel) and a metal rod is grated on its surface.  Symbolizing life’s impermanence, the mandala is ceremoniously destroyed after completion.

The 10 Monks, who live in India, have been traveling for a year in the United States.
View the tour schedule here.

Tomorrow brings an end to the llamas visit to PSU-Berks.  The Mandala will be completed around 6 PM (2.24.11).  A ceremonial dismantling of the Mandala follows.

Click HERE for Mandala Coloring Meditation Sheets.

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