According to the informational hand outs "Sand painting is one of the oldest artistic traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning 'cosmogram' or 'world in harmony'. In Vajrayana Buddhism, it is said that whenever a Sand Mandala is created, all beings and the surrounding environment are blessed." The purpose of this particular mandala construction is to encourage everyone to generate a compassionate heart for the benefit of all. Very appropriate for this day.
|Monk working on the Mandala 9-8-2012 Photo by Cloud Backus|