Saturday, November 18, 2006

World's largest Sand Mandala!

The world's largest Sand Mandala, appeared in Singapore. Working days & nights continuously since 7th Nov, the multicoloured Mandala was painstakingly created over 10 days by 20 monks from Nepal. Starting from 17th Nov to 22nd Nov, it will be opened to the public at the site next to Eunos MRT station.

Practitioners use the Mandala to visualize in meditation the steps along the Path to Enlightenment. It used more than 2000 kg of fine sand, grounded from white marble and mixed with opaque water colours. In the Mandala, deities are portrayed within a square of some 55 metres in the form of miniature human, animal and flora forms, abstract pictographs and Sanskrit syllables.

To facilitate public viewing, the organiser constructed a 4-feet high walkway around it and specially built a ramp for those who are wheel-chaired bound. The public could have a great view of the exquisite & colourful sand mandala from higher ground. The organiser also welcome believers who wish to pray for blessings.

There is also a golden statue of 4-faced Buddha at the same site.

In a lesson about the impermanence of life, the completed Mandala will be destroyed and the sands will be distributed. The ceremony will take place on 22nd Nov between 9 am to 5 pm.

How a sand mandala is created

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I really like these art sand mandala things that you all did. They look very nice and you all had to put a lot of work into them. You all did a great job and i encourage you all to keep it up! I know for sure I would not be able to have the patients to sit there and do one of those, but my art class is studying these, and possibly making one of our own. I hope you all keep up the great work and keep working hard!

    Keep up the great work,

    An East High Student.