The Buddhist monks create sand works like this one as a form of meditation, drizzling the sand out from small metal funnels. The image incorporates icons that include geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols. A ceremony celebrated the completion of
Mandala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. In Tibetan Mandala Sand Painting is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of colored powders”. They are key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.
Tibetan sand mandalas are carefully, lovingly created by hand and then destroyed to show the impermanence of all things. I was fortunate to view a mandala being created in Whakatane, New Zealand by visiting Tibetan Monks.