For 3 days now, they have worked on a sand mandala. Slow, laborious, done in silence. A blend of ancient art, and a meditation for Compassion.
Opening ceremony~ A Mandala of people
The mandala is dismantled in a formal ceremony, with chanting, traditional music,
and a sweeping away of the mandala.
In Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism, it is said that whenever a Sand Mandala is created, all sentient beings and the surrounding environment are blessed.
The monks pour millions of grains of sand from a funnel shaped metal tool known as the Chakpur. , the funnel is rapsed (a small metal stick is rubbed or rasped in order to release a fine stream of sand.
During the closing ceremony, the monks dismantle the Mandala, sweeping up the colored sand to symbolize the impermanence of all phenomena.
The sand is taken & released into the river
as a symbolic worldwide prayer/blessing for compassion.