A Tibetan monk crafts a sand mandala.
A Tibetan monk crafts a sand mandala. Bruce Thomas

Creating a mandala for peace

EXPERIENCE a slice of Tibetan culture at Toormina’s shopping centre as monks create a sand mandala.

The aim of the six-month Sacred Footsteps from the Roof of the World Mandala Tour is to raise awareness about the need to foster education in Tibet by providing financial support for children, nuns and monks through the not-for-profit organisation Nying-Jey Projects (NJP).

Buddhist monks from Southern India monasteries started the mandala yesterday and will complete the piece on Saturday. At 2pm, the mandala will be dissolved to show “everything in life is impermanent”.

In India, a traditional mandala is made from crushed marble coloured with vegetable dyes.

It represents an enlightened being’s place of residence and everything contained within it.

Monk Sonam Gyaltso said the Toormina mandala was dedicated to Green Tara, female Buddha of good fortune.

“I am proud to have the chance to make this mandala and with it spread prayers for happiness and harmony,” he said.

“We are making this mandala for world peace and happiness, not just decoration.”

To watch the mandala being created, head to Centro Toormina Shopping Centre, 9.30am-5pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-2pm Saturday or for more information on NJP, visit www.njp.org.au.



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