Tibetan sand mandala in Mullins Library starts today

If you’ve never seen a Tibetan sand mandala before, you’d better book it over to the Mullins Library. Seriously.

For those that don’t know, a sand mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving making a picture out of colored sand.

From Wikipedia, “A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.” Whoa.

Starting today from 10 am – 11 am, Geshe Dorjee along with three other Tibetan scholars will be making a sand mandala in the Walton reading room at Mullins Library on the U of A campus. The mandala will be worked on from 9-11:30 AM and 2-5 PM, and 2-5 PM on Sunday starting today through March 11th. On March 11th, the mandala will be completed and sealed, and will be on display through March 29th when it will be destroyed.

Seriously, if you’ve never seen one of these, it’s pretty incredible. Check it out. Or else.