The Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery create a sand mandala during their five-day residency, March 5-9.
The lamas painstakingly lay millions of grains of sand to create the traditional iconography of ancient spiritual symbols. Over five days, colored sands are delicately poured from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. On completion, the sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half of the sand is distributed to spectators, while the remainder is dispersed in a nearby body of flowing water to carry the healing blessing to the ocean; from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.
Visit the Lewis J. Ort Library throughout the week to observe the monks creating the mandala.
Mandala Creation Daily Schedule
Sunday | 3 - 7 PM
Monday - Wednesday | 10 AM - 7 PM
Thursday | 10 AM - Noon
Sunday, March 5 at 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Lewis J. Ort Library 3rd Floor Exhibit Area
1 Stadium Drive, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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