Sand Mandala Creation

Tibetan monks of Drepung Kongpo Khangtsen creating a sand mandala.

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With the Tibetan monks of Drepung Kongpo Khangtsen.

A rare chance to see the creation of a sand Mandala by the Tibetan monks of Drepung Kongpo Khangtsen.

Created from millions of grains of coloured sand over the course of three days, a Mandala is a spiritual symbol in a geometric pattern, which represents the universe and the cosmos metaphorically. Mandalas are a profound and meditative representation of Tibetan Buddhist philosophies of Wisdom and Impermanence and Nature of Enlightenment.

Once completed, the Mandala is destroyed in a ritualistic way, with accompanying ceremonies and prayers. It is then carried in a procession by the monks and guests, to a body of water where its healing energies re join nature.

The monks will be creating the Mandala on Monday 4, Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 each day.

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The dissolution of the Mandala will take place as part of our Early at the Library event on Thursday 7 November 07.30 - 09.30. The monks will also be giving a performance at this event of chanting, with the music of conch-shell trumpets, meditation bells and the powerfully low sounds of the majestic dungchen or long horns.

Drepung Kongpo Khangtsen is part of Drepung Loseling Monastery, founded in 1416. With the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, it is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. A centre for the cultivation of both heart and intellect, it provides a sanctuary for the nurturance of inner peace and kindness, community understanding and global healing.

Part of our Buddhism exhibition events series. See more events and adult courses inspired by the exhibition.


Name: Sand Mandala Creation
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546