Sand Mandala for Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday – UC Irvine

Sand Mandala for Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday – UC Irvine


A tiny grain of sand may seem insignificant but placed carefully, conscientiously it can create a work of art and transform into a gift for the Dalai Lama Recently, two buddhist monks traveled
from the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India to UC Irvine to create a special sand mandala in honor of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday which he celebrated at UC Irvine with the Global Compassion Summit For 10 days, 12 hours a day the monks painstakingly dedicated themselves to the Tibetan art of the sand mandala and they invited the community to watch Beginning with geometric measurements they first drew a blueprint Then, they placed the colored sand grain by grain using a small metal funnel carefully controlled by rubbing against its grooves Creating vibrations and rhythmic sounds Each grain of sand represents a virtue Generosity Discipline Patience Diligence Concentration and wisdom All known as the six perfections in Tibetan Buddhism Each intricate detail is intentional Relaying messages of equanimity, loving-kindness joy and compassion Mesmerizing in its making the sand mandala is a deeper lesson in impermenance The mandala is dissolved swept up and returned to a body of water a meditation on impermanence and the value of each present moment

2 thoughts on “Sand Mandala for Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday – UC Irvine

  1. Nice. The Dalai Lama is so wonderful. 💓💗
    For my spiritual awakening I have also personally loved watching lots of Master Sri Avinash lately. #SriAvinashDo 🤲🙌
    His talks have helped me to feel much more happy & more kind towards other people.

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