A sand mandala is a beautiful part of Tibetan Bhuddist tradition. During the creation of a sand mandala, Tibetan monks labor for hours, painstakingly placing lines of colored sand to great precisely symmetrical and stunning art.
According to Bhuddists beliefs, the mandala is mean to symbolize the transitory nature of life.
The Tibetan monks carefully measure and draw out the geometric shapes of the mandala before a single grain of sand is ever placed. They then use tiny tubes, funnels and special scrapping devices to gentle drop each color of sand.
Once constructed—a process which takes hours, and even days and weeks depending on the intricacy of the design—the mandala is ritualistically dismantled during a special ceremony. The sand is collected into a jar, which muddies the meticulously placed designs of color, and then taken to a body of flowing water. Releasing the sand back into nature completes the process.
Each mandala is created with a specific mantra in mind.
The one in the video above, which was constructed at the Urban Dharma in Asheville, North Carolina, is associated with a mantra for compassion.
During the construction, the mantra subtly appears 108 times as “Om Mani Padme Hum.”
See the stunning final piece.