Tibetan sand painting, is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. The mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or “world in harmony.”
Millions of grains of colored sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat surface forming an intricate diagram of the ideal world. When finished, to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists, the colored sands are swept up and poured into a nearby body of water as it carries the healing energies throughout the world.
In general, all mandalas have outer, inner, and secret meaning. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level, they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into the enlightened mind; and on the secret level, they predict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to affect purification and healing on these three levels. Join us in creating our own sand mandala and offering up our prayers for the entire creation.