Sand Mandala Painting
The Mystical Mansion of Enlightenment
The powdered sand painting is one of the oldest artistic traditions
of Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibetan, the art is called dultson kyilkhor,
which literally means "mandala of colored sand powders."
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or "world in harmony."
In the Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism, it is said that wherever a sand
mandala is created, all the sentient beings and the environment
in the locality are blessed. Whoever views the mandala experiences
peace and joy in their hearts. The colorfulness and harmony of the
millions of sand particles in the mandala gives a powerful message
that we all can live in peace if each of us work in creating a little
more space for others in our hearts. It is said that children in
particular, when seeing the mandala leave with very positive imprints
which will later on germinate as sprouts of peace when they grow