Sacred Color: Some In Progress Shots of the Sand Painting Mandala

Here is an in progress gallery of the Sand Painting Mandala created by the Drepung Loseling monks. I am enthralled with the entire process, but I will just let the images speak for themselves. I did learn today that the sand is actually crushed marble. There is still time left to view the process on the top floor of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closing ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

See the beginning of the process in my previous blog post: Sacred Geometry.

A monk refills his Chak-pur with white sand and tests the flow.

A monk refills his Chak-pur with white sand and tests the flow.

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Yes, I know this is not color, but I like how the monochrome brings out the intricacy of the design. The communal nature of the art also moved me.

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A monk traces guidelines for the next image in the yellow sand with a stylus.

A monk traces guidelines for the next image in the yellow sand with a stylus.

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A close-up of the above photo, showing the delicacy of the process.

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Another close-up of the above process. I cannot fathom the patience it takes to do this kind of work!

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A monk demonstrates the process to a young visitor on the community sand painting.

A monk demonstrates the process to a young visitor on the community sand painting.

All images ©2015 Garber Geektography. They are not for sale or commercial use.

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