Symbol of Peace and Impermanence
Watching the construction of a Mandala is a meditation in itself. The beautiful colourful work of art is painstakingly created from millions of tiny grains of sand. And yet after several days of creation it is ceremonially returned to nature.
Whilst making a Mandala at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2003, the monks of the Drepung Loeseling Monastry chanted mantras for peace. And whilst touring in counties they often give performances of sacred music and dance. The monk's music was featured in the film "Seven Years in Tibet". Listen here to the chants and hear director of the tour, Tsepak Rigzin speak on the significance of this art. Length 17 mins.
Find out more from the Drepung Loseling Institute at www.drepung.org