Posts Tagged ‘tibetan monks’

Tibetan Monks-Sand Mandala, Closing

February 25, 2011

Yesterday was the final day of the Tibetan Monks visit to Penn State Berks Campus.

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After three days of construction, the Mandal was breathtaking.

The destruction of something so beautiful and painstakingly created is hard to watch.  The Ritualistic demolition ceremony is lovely and melancholy.

The monks conclude their creation of the mandala with a consecration ceremony.

The Beginning of the Closing Ceremony (Video Here)

During the closing ceremony, the monks dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. When requested, half of the sand is distributed to the audience as blessings for personal health and healing.



The remaining sand is carried in a procession by the monks, accompanied by guests, to a flowing body of water, where it is ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world.

Amazing Chanting (Video 2 – 4:16)

Chanting (video 3 1:02)



Instruments and Chanting

(video 4 0:59)


Flower Drop

(Video 5 0:33)


Mandala Destruction (video 6 1:39)

Mandala Destruction (video 7 1:27)


Channel 69 News Story Here:
Art Made, Destroyed At Penn State Berks

Reading Eagle Story Here
Striking, and spiritual, images in sand

See Monk and Mandala Post Here

Mystic Art of Tibet Pose Here

Learn More about Mandalas Here
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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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