Sand Mandala Painting

Daily, April 9-16
During Regular Museum Hours

Over a period of one week, two Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Namgyal Monastery will meticulously create a sand mandala of the Buddha of Compassion in the Museum's Marble Court. Upon completion, the sand mandala -a circular painting made from colored grains of sand- will be cast into a body of water, in a gesture that symbolizes the impermanence of existence and the ideal of non-attachment to the material world. The public can watch the construction of the mandala during Museum hours and is invited to join us for the dismantling of the mandala in the Marble Court on Wednesday, April 16, at 5 PM.

Download the Sand Mandala informational handout PDF.