Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tibetan Monk Mandala Sand Painting

 Tibetan Monk Mandala Sand Painting
 Loomis Chaffee School
 Windsor, Connecticut

A few years ago a group of Tibetan monks visited the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut to construct a Mandala Sand Painting.  It was a three day event.  I became so enthralled with the process that I ended up attending all three days to photograph the process.  The results are shown below.

A Mandala Sand Painting is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically dismantled once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.

*****  First up the Loomis Chaffee School  *****

*****  The Sand Painting Process Begins  *****

*****  The Destruction Ceremony Begins  *****

*****  The Final Procession  Where the Sand Will Be Dispersed Into the Water*****

Editors Note:  People who attended on the final day were given a tiny vial of the sand.

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