Centre College recently hosted Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, who constructed a mandala sand painting as part of the College’s upcoming bicentennial celebration.
The monks worked in the Campus Center, painting with colored sand, which is one of the most unique and exquisite forms of art in the Tantric Buddhism culture.
In these pieces, millions of grains of sand are placed on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date, the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe.
The mandala sand painting began with an opening ceremony on Nov. 5 in the Campus Center, during which the lamas consecrated the site and called forth the forces of goodness. This was done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation.
The lamas began the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. On the following days, they laid the colored sands. Each monk held a traditional metal funnel called a Chakpur while running a metal rod on its grated surface. The vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid onto the platform.
by Centre College News
November 14, 2018