The Tibetan Sand Mandala Monk Art

Sand Mandala is the art of creating intricate works by using colored sand. Tibetan monks practice such art as part of the tantric tradition. In Tibetan, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor (colored mandala powder). As part of the sand of Mandala, they laid the grains of sand hard on a flat canvas. Some monks do one part by spending days to complete. The word Mandala means a circle in Sanskrit. Represents the cosmogram of a Buddha or Bodhisattva. This art includes geometric art and some Buddhist spiritual symbols. A sand is given a color called mandala and is used as a tool for painting. According to Buddhist beliefs, monks who practice the art of visual representation of the mind enlightened by the Buddha.

Destroying a sand castle can be a lot of fun. But what if you laboriously spent weeks making sand paintings, but then destroyed? But this is what the Tibetan monks do. Those who make beautiful sand paintings, and in the end they destroy the painting. They say this is a picture of the immortality of life.

Sand Mandala  Patterns

What makes typical of Pasir Mandala is an outer ring. Inside there is a smaller square representing the palace sky, a dwelling place of the Gods. This square has four gates that represent the four directions of the wind. The circle and the square containing the circle are divided into 9 sectors.

Tibetan mandala sand looks simple but takes a few weeks to complete. Buddhist monks undergo years of training before they can make the mandala. Because this ritual is considered very sacred, it can not be done by careless people.¬† Once the level of understanding has been reached, then the mandala is created. In Dalai Lama’s private monastery, the monastery of Nyamgal, monks spent about three years studying before making the mandala.

Making Process

Before starting to make the monks perform the opening ceremony. Then, they make a blue mold of lime. Four monks work on a single mandala. Each takes from four quadrants. Each monk began to work from the middle and then moved outward. Blueprint is complete, then they fill the media with colored sand. A tool called Chakpu is a funnel to fill the sand into a blue mold until the process is complete.


The unique thing about Tibetan mandala sands is when they destroy them. Methodically the monks brushed the sand and pushed it all toward the center of the platform. The whole process was stopped, and the sand poured into the nearest water. This action is meant to teach us not to cling to worldly things.…