Sand Mandalas symbolically represent the palaces of a specific Buddha, his entourage and his enlightened activities. Mandalas are created by using coloured sand, and every aspect of the mandala has a symbolic meaning - nothing is left to chance.
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 in order 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).
A portion of the sand is kept and distributed to the participants of the ceremony 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 and 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 are able to create the following mandalas:
Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menlha)
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 completed within a day. Other sand mandalas can possibly be done upon request.
Minimum suggested donation: € 10 entrance fee for a public event. € 800 for a private event. € 250 for the Leg Natso Mandala.
The monks will introduce the basic tools and technics of this very old tradition during workshop for children.