Yesterday, a friend took us to go see the Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery constructing a sand mandala. They are building the mandala over a 5 day period at the Friends Meeting House in Wilton, CT. It is made using colored sand that is slowly tapped through metal funnels, to create intricate designs.
I had seen them, some time back, but it was a first for the Bozos...who were pretty astonished at the work that goes into it.
Once the sand mandala is finished, they disperse the sacred sands into a body of flowing water. This signifies the impermanence of worldly things. They will be performing this ceremony at Calf Pasture Beach, in Norwalk, this Saturday at 10am.
Here are some photos from the visit...