Green Tara Mandala Construction

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Green Tara Mandala Construction

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Description

The Green Tara Mandala is a beautiful creation in colored sand. Monks draw an outline on the mandala platform and then begin to fill it in, working from the center outwards. They use pairs of special funnels that emit a thin stream of sand when one is rubbed against the other, and sometimes use blocks to make sharp edges or ridges that will give the mandala a more three-dimensional appearance. Over four days, what emerges is a symbol of the entire cosmos with the Buddha of Enlightened Activity, Tara (in her green form), at its center.

Publication Date

11-21-2015

Keywords

Green Tara, mandala, Buddhism, Tibetan monks, art, sand, Buddha of Enlightened Activity, cosmos, Drepung Monastery, Gomang College

Disciplines

Buddhist Studies | East Asian Languages and Societies | Fine Arts

Green Tara Mandala Construction
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