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Sand Mandala Dissolution Ceremony

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© Courtesy of Pacific Asia Museum
Sand Mandala Dissolution Ceremony

46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena , CA 91101
September 9th, 2012 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Closing
WEBSITE:  
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
pasadena/glendale
PHONE:  
626-449-2742 ext 10
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sun 10-6
TAGS:  
Mandala
COST:  
Admission will be free all day in honor of the monks.

DESCRIPTION

On Sunday, September 9, admission will be free all day in honor of the monks, and all are welcome to attend the Dissolution Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Before the ceremony, visitors are encouraged to observe the monks as they complete their work. During this ceremony the mandala is blessed a final time and the grains of sand are swept into a pile, erasing the once-beautiful work of art as a reminder of our own impermanence. Some of the sand is given to those who are present, as a small blessing for their home or gardens. The remainder is taken to the ocean where it is poured into the moving water, which according to Tibetan Buddhist belief blesses all the beings living there, carrying prayers and blessings throughout the world.