Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form. The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the particular esoteric, textual traditions of Buddhism. It is a transient art form, thought to have originated in India and was transferred in the middle ages to Tibet. The sand mandala is constructed as a vehicle to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and a social/cosmic healing of the environment. At the completion of their several days of work, the mandala is deconstructed, the sand swept away and poured into moving water in order to spread healing and compassion around the world.
Place: The Arts Center, 300 East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27349
Opening ceremony | Monday, May 18, Noon to 1:30 p m
Construction of mandala Tuesday – Friday, M a y 19 – May 22nd, 10 am to 5:30 pm
Closing ceremony with dispersal of mandala | May 23rd a t 2 pm
The public is invited to stop in during the day to watch them create this work of art. Donations may be made and they will have beautiful items for sale all made by the monks and all money earned goes to the support of the monastery.