tibetan sand mandala by drepung gomang buddhist monks in saint louis

Sand Mandala for Peace, at end of day two

tibetan monks day three Mandala for Peace St. Louis

At end of day three

The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery continue to create the sand Mandala for Peace in downtown St. Louis at  Macrosun.  The beauty of the mandala emerges as the Monks carefully place individual grains of colored sand into the design.  A special metal tool called a chakpur has a small opening at the narrow end.  There are ridges along one side of the chakpur which is filled with a colored sand. By rubbing the sand filled chakpur with an empty one, a vibration is created that causes the grains of sand to fall onto the sand mandala.

Tibetan Monk using chakpar to create Sand Mandala for Peace St. Louis

Monk using chakpar to place grains of sand in mandala

An intricate design of contrasting colored sand is placed on the solid sand background.  Each ring of images has similar themes and meanings. (More on this later)  The details are amazing.

Tibetan Monks Sand Mandala for Peace St. Louis Aug 26, 2011

Detail Sand Mandala for Peace - Day Three

tibetan monks sand mandala day three photo by linda wiggen kraft

Detail sand Mandala for Peace, day three

Saturday the Monks will be at the Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.  They will perform a Snow Lion Dance at 11 am at the main stage.  They will also continue to create the sand Mandala for Peace in downtown St. Louis.

 

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