From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala, an ornate circle.
Beginning Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14, the public will have the opportunity to view this ancient tradition, as Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Monastery in Tibet will construct a Mandala Sand Painting at Moraine Park Technical College's Fond du Lac campus.
? On Monday, the monks will hold an opening ceremony starting at noon and work until 6 p.m. ? On Tuesday and Wednesday, the monks will work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
? On Thursday; the painting will begin at 10 a.m. until the closing ceremony at noon.
During these four days, the public can view millions of grains of sand being laid into place on a flat platform eventually forming the image of a mandala. The monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.
The monks begin the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. On the following days they lay the colored sands. Each monk holds a traditional metal funnel while running a metal rod on its grated surface. The vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid onto the platform.
The event is free. It is recommended visitors use parking lot O, entering through the O-1 doors or C-Lot and entering through the O-2 entrance.
For more information, visit morainepark.edu/calendar. For more background on the Tibetan Buddhist monks, visit mysticalartsoftibet.org