Sunday, April 2nd-Thursday, April 6th
The University of Arizona Bookstores, Lower Level Event Center
Tibetan Buddhists regard the mandala as a celestial palace inhabited by buddhas and attendant deities. From Sunday April 2nd through Thursday, April 6th, Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche and monks affiliated with Drikung Namgyal Ling will create an intricate mandala from colored sand. To create the mandala is to recreate the world, to invite viewers to see their environment in a new way. After five days of detailed and disciplined work, on the 6th, the mandala will be ritually dissolved, the ultimate symbol of the ephemeral nature of forms. This dissolution is understood to purify the surrounding environment in a pervasive way.