Tashi Kyil monks to create sand mandala at Tibet House NY in August, part of larger US tour

From August 6 to 11, the public is invited to Tibet House in lower Manhattan to observe the monks of Tashi Kyil Monastery as they create a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala.

To symbolically depict the enlightened environment of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenresig), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, these specially trained monks will painstakingly apply millions of grains of colored sand within an intricate 5’ x 5’ diagram. Further public programs include an explanatory lecture on mandalas by one of the monastery’s scholars, an art workshop for children, as well as various chanting rituals, culminating in the traditional dismantling of the mandala on the final day.

For all the schedule details of the Tashi Kyil monks’ sand mandala creation (including video of a previous mandala), visit the Tibet House site here.

The Tibet House visit is part of a longer US tour in which the Tashi Kyil monks are seeking “to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet, and raise much needed funds for their monastery.” Learn more about the tour here.