Sand Mandala

The Sand Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. The intention is to focus the mind towards a peaceful aspiration prayer. Once completed, the Sand Mandala is ritualistically dismantled to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life. Regrettably, our visit to the  Drikung Meditation Center today overlapped with the lunch break of the the Venerable Lama Konchok Sonam and the Venerable Khenpo Choephel who are creating this work of art. Hopefully we can find time for a second visit to witness the creation process and/or the dissolution ceremony.