Sacred Detail: The Completion and Dismantling of the Sand Mandala

The final piece in Dave Garber’s story and images about Sand Mandalas. Just gorgeous work!!

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After discovering the Tibetan practice of the Sand Mandala through the Emory-Tibet partnership last Monday, I visited the display daily, with the exception of Tuesday, to view the progress. You can read about my experience of the opening ceremony and line drawing here and my experience of viewing the construction of the initial stages of the mandala here.

Geshe Lobdang Tenzin Negi is a senior lecturer and the director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership. Here he is explaining the symbolism of the mandala.Geshe Lobdang Tenzin Negi is a senior lecturer and the director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership. Here he is explaining the symbolism of the mandala.

I choose the word “construction” intentionally, as I learned throughout my experience that the monks envision the mandala in three dimensions. It is a model of the cosmos and resembles the structure of a temple or shrine. At the heart of this particular mandala is the Buddha of Compassion, Arya Avalokiteshvara. According to the lecturer at the closing ceremony, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, the devotees contemplate…

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Art Fairs & Metal Prints

Here’s the link to my “Real” Blog – new post!

Ah March (never mind the bits of remaining snow on the ground), where our thoughts turn to…. Art Fairs.  Well mine do anyway as I begin to prepare for my 2nd season of participating.  Last year I did my very first Art Fair.  This year, so far, I’ve been accepted to 2 art fairs and am in the process of applying for 3 or 4 more.  I will keep you posted and as they come up will be sure to get you the details so if you’re in the area you can come visit me!

Read more here:  Art Fairs & Metal Prints

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Sacred Color: Some In Progress Shots of the Sand Painting Mandala

Amazing to see!

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Here is an in progress gallery of the Sand Painting Mandala created by the Drepung Loseling monks. I am enthralled with the entire process, but I will just let the images speak for themselves. I did learn today that the sand is actually crushed marble. There is still time left to view the process on the top floor of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closing ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

See the beginning of the process in my previous blog post: Sacred Geometry.

A monk refills his Chak-pur with white sand and tests the flow. A monk refills his Chak-pur with white sand and tests the flow.

DSC02494-Edit-Edit Yes, I know this is not color, but I like how the monochrome brings out the intricacy of the design. The communal nature of the art also moved me.


A monk traces guidelines for the next image in the yellow sand with a stylus. A monk traces…

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Sacred Geometry: Tibetan Week at Emory University

Really interesting practice and wonderful photos from my friend Dave Garber!

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A funny thing happened on the way to a field trip. On Monday, I took my class on “Creation Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts” to the Michael C. Carlos Museum to see the various exhibits on creation motifs from Native American, African, African American, and ancient Near Eastern traditions. Little did I know that we would be going on the opening day of Tibet Week at Emory University. Much to my pleasant surprise, the opening ceremony of the Mandala Sand Painting was taking place after the end of our tour. While most of my students needed to return to our campus for other classes, I took the opportunity to stick around, observe, and photograph the event.

The presentation began with words of introduction followed by some chanting by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. Following the chanting, the monks proceeded to lay out the line drawing for the Mandala Sand Painting. The monks are…

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