This August, six Tibetan Buddhist monks will travel to San Francisco from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery in South India to create a sand mandala for the Asian Art Museum. Over four days, they will meticulously apply powdered pigments to a geometric mandala outline. When they are finished, the monks intend that the sand mandala will generate positive effects that radiate over the entire region. They believe that the mandala's presence will bless both the environment and the beings therein, thus making a Buddhist contribution to world peace. Once the sand mandala has been completed, this painstakingly created artwork will then be destroyed and scattered. To do so spreads the sand mandala's benefits throughout the world. It is also a concrete lesson in the impermanence of all things, a key Buddhist ideal.
Thursday, August 16, 12:00 noon–8:00 pm (Opening Blessing 12:00 noon–12:30 pm)
Friday, August 17, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, August 18, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 10:00 am–4:00 pm (Closing Ceremony 3:00 pm–4:00 pm)