Sunday, July 04, 2010

Tibetan Sand Mandala

I was lucky enough to get to see this Sand Mandala created by four Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monsastery this week. They started creating the masterpiece to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Dalai Lama's birth on Tuesday 29th June at the Mitsuo Aida Museum in Tokyo. By Sunday 4th July morning they had almost finished.

Just the finishing touches before it was complete.

completed tibetan Sand mandala

detail of tibetan Sand mandala

After the mandala was complete prayers were said and a mask dance was performed and a final ceremony before the sand was brushed into a small urn.

Finally the sand was taken the nearby Sumida river and scattered into the water to symbolise the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.
scattering sand mandala into Sumida river tokyo


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dokebi said...

i rmeember watching that on kundun

isn't that ritual about signifying ephemeral quality of the material world?

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Kristal's Blog. said...


I liked you little blog there about the monks and always wondered what Tokyo was like. I'm a writer in Scotland. I hope you have two minutes where you might be able to check out my work.

Take care and hope you have many more wonderful blogs to share again. said...

Finally I found this!! I heard about it for quite some time but couldn't watch a video of it.. Thank you for the post! Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

This is something incredible :) I just wondering how long does it takes to the monks to create this sand masterpiece.
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