Tibetan Buddhist Monks Finish Sand painting at NCCC

April 7, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM EDT

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks Finish Sand painting at NCCC

April 7, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM EDT

Niagara County (WKBW)

Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery completed constructed of a Mandala Sand Painting in the Niagara County Community College Fine Arts Theater Lobby. The monks also were assisted by NCCC students in creating a sand painting of a Sabres logo to help the Sabres in their Stanley Cup playoff quest as well as a replica of the new NCCC Thunderwolves logo.

The mandala sand painting began on Monday with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation. The lamas began the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. Each monk holds a traditional metal funnel called a chakpur while running a metal rod on its grated surface. The vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid onto the platform. Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

This event was sponsored by the NCCC Student Senate and the Student Life Office.