Sand Mandala


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Saturday 16 January 2016 - Saturday 23 January 2016

A rare opportunity to observe the creation and offering of a "Mela" or Medicine Mandala, made from tiny grains of vibrantly coloured sand, with Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery in India. Sand Mandalas are unique to Tibetan Buddhism, representing an architectural blueprint of the enlightened mind, functioning - among other things - as a contemplative aid in visualisation meditation.

The process will begin at 10.30 on Saturday 16 January as part of our Bodies in Balance day. It will continue throughout the week until 17.00 on Saturday 23 January. Pop in anytime during opening hours or several times if you’d like to see it at different stages. The destruction ceremony will take place at 16.00 on Saturday 23 January. We are expecting this ceremony to be very popular so it will be first come, first seated.

Please note: the monks will not be present from 13.00-14.00 each day but you will still be able to see the sand mandala.

(Image credit: Adrian Oxbrow/Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust)