During the Closing Ceremony, the monks dismantle the Mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The sand is carried in a procession by the monks, accompanied by the public, to a flowing body of water into which it is ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the Mandala throughout the world. From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan 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 five days. Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. Part of the Grand Challenges Project: Fresh Water for All.
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 3:00pm
Penfield Library, 1st Floor