sacred footsteps, cowra gallery

Finished mandala

31 July to 4 August 2013

Over five days, a group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks visiting from monasteries in India will create a Sand Mandala in the Gallery, as part of the Sacred Footsteps Tour 2013. The monks will commence each day with a session of deep voice chanting to mentally prepare for the day’s work on the mandala. The exact design of the mandala, proportions and use of colours are laid down in ancient Buddhist text and memorised by the monks. On the final day, the completed mandala is swept away by the monks during a special dissolution ceremony and returned to the waters of the earth to remind us that all things are impermanent.