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Sand Mandalas

 

Mandalas symbolically represent the palaces of a specific Buddha, his entourage and his enlightened activities. Mandalas are created using colorful sand, with every aspect of the mandala having a symbolic meaning, nothing is arbitrary. For example, the Mandala of Avalokiteshvara comes from the tantric teachings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni and can be described as being the residence of the Buddha of Compassion. 

The Mandala is used as a base to meditate on, invoke deities, make offerings and make requests to the Buddhas to spread their blessings and inspiration. Finally, the invited guests will return to their own abodes after which the mandala will be dissolved/destroyed and released into water (a river or lake). Some sand is kept and distributed to practitioners as a blessing. The Mandala is a method for bringing compassion and harmony into our world, through genuine practice, generated from a mind of great compassion unified with a mind of wisdom that realizes emptiness monks can meditate on the respective Buddhas and their respected qualities. Just to glimpse a Mandala is said to create a positive impression on the mind of visitors, inviting powerful healing forces and generate great blessings. 

The Ngari Khangtsen monks will draw the following mandalas:
Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) 
Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menlha)
Tara (Dolma) 
Elements (Leg Natso). 

Time needed: The opening ceremony, the creation and the dissolution of each mandala takes about five days, except for the mandala of the five elements (Leg Natso), which can be done in one day only. Other mandalas could possibly be done on request.
Minimum suggested donation: 10€/entrance during public event 500 € for a private event - 200 € for the Leg Natso Mandala.

 

Sand Mandala preparation

Chenrezig Mandala