Tibetan Monks to Create Sand Mandala at OCC

A sand mandala will be created on the Onondaga Community College campus. Work will begin April 9 and conclude April 13 in the Great Room of the Gordon Student Center.

A mandala is created by laying down brightly colored sand in repetitive patterns. Two monks from the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca will painstakingly place millions of grains of sand into a circular pattern which holds meaning in its color, symbols and placement. The mandala is used as a tool for consecrating or blessing the earth and its inhabitants, and provides for the practitioner a visual framework for establishing the enlightened mind of the Buddha. It will ultimately be dismantled in order to release and disseminate the deity’s blessings into the works to benefit all sentient beings.

Mandala creation will begin Sunday April 9. On Sunday the monks will work from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On all other days they will work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will break for lunch each day from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The dismantling of the mandala will happen Thursday, April 13 at 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

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