Saturday, July 9, 2011

Buddhist Mandalas From Around The World

The Dalai Lama is in Washington D.C , USA from July 6-16, leading a gathering of thousands of Buddhists through the "Kalachakra for World Peace." Central to the kalachakra ritual is the design and creation of a mandala.

Central to the bestowing of the Kalachakra initiation is the creation of a mandala. "Mandala" literally means "center and circumference" and in the tantric context connotes a circular diagram symbolizing a universe with a deity in the center of his or her palace complete with entourage, gatekeepers, and a surrounding environment. Mandalas are painted on cloth and temple walls, created from colored sand, or fashioned from wood, stone or colored threads.

Tibetan Buddhist monks work on a mandala at the Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, USA.


A Tibetan monk works on creating a mandala at the Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


A monk from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet works on a mandala at the National Mall in Washington, DC.


Lama Karma Tenzin, a Bhutanese monk, creates a sand mandala at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.


Tibetan nuns pray in Hamburg's ethnographical Museum, in front of a mandala made of colored sand.


Tibetan Buddhist monks prepare a mandala during an exhibition at the Thank You India Festival in Bangalore.


Maroon-robed Buddhist monks spread colored sand across a mandala at Washington's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to help explain a 1,000-year-old system of medicine.


Tibetan monks create a mandala at the Prague Museum, Czech Republic.


Four Tibetan nuns create a mandala at the Overseas Museum in Bremen, northern Germany,


A Buddhist monk from Gyudmed Monastery creates a mandala in a museum in Rostov-on-Don, about 1,000 kilometers south of Moscow.