The Mystical Arts of Tibet
How the Sand Mandala Is Created
The lamas begin the work by drawing an outline of the mandala
on the wooden platform, which requires a large part of the day.
The next few days are spent laying the colored sands, which is
done by pouring the sand from traditional metal funnels called
chak-pur. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running
a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the
sands to flow like liquid.
Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after
their completion. This is done as a metaphor of the impermanence
of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill
the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at
the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby
body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the
healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads
throughout the world for planetary healing.
Mandala Construction Process:
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