Print Friendly and PDF
only search openDemocracy.net

'Sand mandala ceremony,' Adrian Oxbrow

About the author
Adrian Oxbrow is a British-based photographer. See more of his work here.

Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama, perform the ritual destruction of a sand mandala. A tradition of Tantric Buddhism, a sand mandala is a “painting” process involving millions of grains of sand which are painstakingly laid in place using hollow pipes called chak-purs, through which the sand is vibrated into the design. When the mandala is finally completed it is ritually dismantled during a colourful ceremony to symbolise the impermanence of all that exists.

For more information see the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK site, Asia House, where the sand mandala ceremony was performed, and a BBC feature on sand mandalas. For more photographs visit www.pbase.com.

ONE

TWO

THREE

FOUR

FIVE

SIX

SEVEN

EIGHT

NINE


We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the
oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.